Landing spots for Baltimore Ravens top free agents
Potential suitors: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Cowboys
Losing Michael Pierce is going to hurt the Baltimore Ravens more than losing any of their other free agents. Pierce is stout vs. the run and does an excellent job of eating blocks and keeping his linebackers clean. Pierce is due for a big payday because of this, and it’s unlikely the Ravens will have the cash to bring him back.
The Arizona Cardinals were miserably bad against the run in 2019, giving up 120.1 yards per game and 4.4 YPC. Short of Jordan Hicks effort at linebacker, the rest of the front-seven couldn’t stop a nose bleed. Getting Pierce into the middle of their defense would shore up a lot of their problems against the run.
The Los Angeles Chargers are also a team that could use some help against the run. The Chargers have been in need of a true nose tackle for quite some time. Pairing Pierce up with Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Jerry Tillery is a helluva front-four for whoever is playing linebacker for them in 2020.
Of all the teams in need of interior defensive line help, perhaps no one is in need of it more than the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas suffered in 2019 without any help from their interior defensive line even after the acquisition of Michael Bennett. Pierce is exactly what the doctor called for.