4 Free Agents the Baltimore Ravens should avoid for offense
3. Derrick Henry:
I’m not opposed to the Baltimore Ravens trying to improve at the running back position. If the Ravens can sign a player to a reasonable deal, that will make them even better in the backfield, they have all the right in the world to go for it. Signing Mark Ingram II to such responsible figures was a genius move. The Ravens just showed the NFL how it was done by letting the New York Jets overpay for Le’Veon Bell while they added the perfect scheme fit affordably. Signing Henry this offseason would go against the way they have conducted buisness at the running back position.
The problem with signing Derrick Henry is that the Ravens would be spending an awful lot of money for something they don’t need. Henry is a downhill runner. The idea of adding Henry makes sense if the real NFL acted the way it did in the Madden video game.
The Ravens, already being the top rushing team in the NFL would add the hardest running back to tackle. Spotrac.com estimates Henry’s market value at over $13 million per season. The Ravens don’t need one of the highest paid running backs to have one of the best running games. That would just be bad prioritization.
If the Ravens signed a player like Kenyan Drake, who Spotrac.com has evaluated at $5.5 million per season, that could make sense. That would be a move the Ravens could swing, that wouldn’t take them away from their offseason to do list. Henry would be a fun but absolutely irresponsible cap hit. Looking for a better compliment to Ingram II is understandable. Looking for a replacement makes no sense.