If there’s one guy on this list that seems like a lock to get cut, it’s Marcell Dareus.
Dareus was once one of the most unstoppable interior pass rushers in the NFL. Injuries have derailed him considerably and now he’s more of a name than he is a fixture on the defensive line. No one has learned this harder than the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Since acquiring him from the Buffalo Bills back in 2017, Dareus has just 3.5 sacks in 30 games played. Even when he’s on the field he leaves much to be desired. Worse yet, he’s set to make $22.5 million in 2020 if the Jaguars don’t cut him. If they do, they’ll get back $20 million in cap space. It seems like a pretty easy decision.
With all this in mind, why should the Baltimore Ravens have any interest in signing Dareus to their team? Well, beggars can’t be choosers and the team is likely to lose Michael Pierce via Free Agency. The team did draft Daylon Mack to be his likely successor, but there are no other options on the team to replace Pierce and his value to the defense. Dareus could be added for a low, low cost and give the Ravens some upside if he can stay healthy.
Marcell Dareus would be the best low-risk, high-reward options on the market once the Jacksonville Jaguars cut him loose. It wouldn’t be a move that would put the Baltimore Ravens defense over the top, but it would help ease the potential loss of Michael Pierce.