4 Moves the Baltimore Ravens could still make before season starts
Make a splash trade:
The most commonly linked player to the Baltimore Ravens via trade has been Jacksonville Jaguars edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue. Ngakoue has been highly productive throughout his four years in the NFL with 37.5 career sacks to his name and a Pro Bowl nod in 2017. Ngakoue has also been very vocal about not wanting to be in Duval County for 2020 and the team likely drafted his replacement this past April in the form of K’Lavon Chaisson.
Adding Ngakoue across from Matt Judon gives the Ravens bookend edge rushers to team up with Calais Campbell upfront. That dynamic trio would instantly be one of the league’s best. The question more or less is what would Baltimore have to give up to acquire Ngakoue’s services and do they plan to resign him long-term or use him as a one-year rental. There’s also the conversation to be had about what to do with Judon long-term.
Another very popular player linked to the Ravens via trade is New York Jets safety Jamal Adams. Adams would be the definition of a luxury addition, as the team’s secondary is absolutely loaded without him back there. Baltimore also has a lot of resources and money invested in the unit, so adding him doesn’t make the most amount of sense. Still, Adams would undoubtedly be an upgrade over Chuck Clark and give the Ravens the best safety duo in the league between Adams and Earl Thomas.
A less headline-worthy trade would be for Washington’s edge rusher Ryan Kerrigan, who has been one of the league’s most consistent producers since entering the league back in 2011. Kerrigan is becoming a bit of an afterthought after Washington drafted Montez Sweat and Chase Young in the first rounds of the 2019 and 2020 NFL Drafts respectively. Kerrigan is also a savvy veteran that Baltimore has been known to covet in the past.
While the Baltimore Ravens certainly don’t need to make any kind of splashy trade, the possibility remains there. If they are all-in on winning a championship in 2020, perhaps making a move for one of these guys makes sense.