The absolute dream offseason for the Baltimore Ravens
By Ron N.K
Potential Free-Agent signings
The following are the player’s that the Ravens should sign with the given cap space above. The contracts were based on the previously mentioned projected player market value.
Allen Robinson II: Four Years, $80 Million ($20 AAV ): The Ravens need a WR1. John Harbough and Eric DeCosta know it. Allen Robinson is a bonafide WR1 who is fairly young and getting better each year. He put up monster numbers with Mitchell Trubisky – imagine what he could do in this offense with the former MVP, Lamar Jackosn, throwing to him.
Brandon Scherff: Four Years, $52 Million ($13 AAV ): The Ravens have had offensive line troubles ever since Marshal Yanda retired. What better way to replace a future Hall of Famer with an all-pro in the same position!
Leonard Williams: Four Years, $48 Million ($12 AAV ): With the Ravens losing the two staples of their defensive line – Brandon Williams and Calais Campbell – they should look no further than signing Leonard Williams, the former 6th overall pick who put up a whopping 11.5 sacks this season with the New York Giants.
Regarding Gus Edwards: The best route the Ravens can take with the former undrafted free agent is to place a second-round tender on him. This would give the Ravens a second-round pick if a team wants to pay him big money and would give them the ability to pay him a very team-friendly deal if no team is willing to give up a second-round pick for him.
This is what the Arizona Cardinals did last year with Kenyan Drake and it worked out well. J.K Dobbins is the future at RB1 in Baltimore, not to mention that they still have the speedy 2019 fourth-round pick Justice Hill on the roster. If this happens a player to target in the fourth to sixth rounds is Ohio State running back Trey Surmon, a player who plays similarly to Edwards with his size and aggressive running.
Regarding Alex Mack: A popular free-agent target amongst Ravens fans, this signing does not make sense. Alex Mack is 35 (the same age that Marshal Yanda retied at) and will likely command a hefty contract for his age and production (still one of the top centers but has declined).
This center class is deep, with both Creed Humphrey and Landon Dickerson being monsters the Ravens could potentially draft in the late first or second round.
Regarding Corey Davis: The Ravens and Eric DeCosta should only sign Corey Davis if Allen Robinson is franchise-tagged or signs somewhere else that isn’t Baltimore. Davis, the former #5 overall pick, who isn’t a bust like most people say, took a big step forward this year and could be a cheaper option for the Ravens if they choose to address another option such as safety.
Regarding Jadeveon Clowney: The Ravens almost acquired Clowney last year but luckily didn’t as he had a disaster of a year. If the Ravens choose to go for Corey Davis instead of Allen Robinson they would save a few million and hence could give Clowney a cheap low-risk, high reward contract.
Regarding Zach Ertz: If the Ravens have extra money following the above free agency signees, then Ertz should absolutely be in play for the right place. The Ravens offense thrived under the previous three-headed monster at tight end (Andrews, Hurst, Boyle), and with Ertz, who in 2018 had a monster season of 116 catches, 1,163 Yards, and eight Touchdowns could be the piece to put Baltimore over the top and finally win the Super Bowl.