Most of this isn’t going to happen, but all of it technically could for the Baltimore Ravens:
The Baltimore Ravens have been a Super Bowl contender for the past two seasons but have come short both times in the Divisional Round. There are multiple needs that general manager Eric DeCosta needs to address this offseason – pass rush, offensive line, and wide receiving.
The Ravens currently have a limited amount of cap space to work with, but through cuts, contract restructuring, and trades they can increase it significantly. In this article, we will explore the options and dream scenarios the Ravens could pull off this offseason.
Warning: Most of these moves are unlikely to happen. This article does not take into account which players could get franchised tagged, as that is unpredictable. If players, such as Allen Robinson, do indeed receive the franchise tag, Baltimore’s offseason plan will be drastically different than this.
The Ravens currently have a modest $18.2 million in cap space. This may not seem like a lot at first glance but considering the circumstances (the COVID-19 Pandemic ravaged the NFL and hence reduced the salary cap significantly) the Ravens are in great shape for free agency, with the majority of the teams being over the salary cap.
There are two genuine candidates to be traded on the Ravens, with only one being likely to be traded. The most glaring candidate is Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr., who will most likely be traded before free agency.
This will clear around three million dollars in cap space assuming that the Ravens only get picks back, raising their salary cap to $21.8 million. The other major candidate to be traded is surprisingly Chuck Clark.
Albeit breaking out last season, being signed to a contract extension, and playing solid this year, safety is a need and multiple mock drafts from reputable analysts have the Ravens drafting TCU safety, Trevon Moehrig with the 27th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The latter trade does not make sense for multiple reasons. First, it will only save the Ravens $250,000 in cap space. Second, any potential trade will likely get them only a late day three draft pick.