Ranking the Baltimore Ravens unrestricted free agents in 3 tiers
Players you could go either way on:
The Ravens don’t really need Dez Bryant back. Don’t get it twisted, he could be welcomed back in the right circumstance. If the Ravens sign a player like Corey Davis though, Bryant would just be crowding the receiver room.
He had some nice moments in his get back to it stint with the Ravens. Baltimore may want him back as a red zone threat. It still makes sense to move on. The Ravens will add a receiver or two right? Well, that means every snap that Bryant takes will take away from the on-the-job training of Miles Boykin.
Pernell McPhee played great and isn’t that expensive. The Ravens can absolutely justify bringing him back. That being said, the Ravens can justify walking away from an older outside linebacker who plays primarily on run downs.
Ward is a player that will be very interesting to watch. He’s not a star and he’s not bad. The Ravens probably have to limit how much they do to keep their front seven beefed up though. If the Ravens bring back Derek Wolfe, keep Calais Campbell, and do nothing with Brandon Williams’s contract, while bringing Tyus Bowser back they may feel like that’s enough.
Anthony Levine Sr.
This one really comes down to what the Ravens want to do. Levine Sr. has been playing in Baltimore for nine seasons. You need players like Levine on the roster, players who chip in here, there, and wherever the team needs. The Ravens will undoubtedly want to take care of Levine, but can probably find the same kind of output for almost nothing.
The Ravens have an awful lot of decisions to make. The players they keep are just as important as the players they bring in from other teams. Letting players leave your organization is never easy. In a world where you can’t keep everybody, prioritization is key. These are the three tiers of unrestricted free agents. We’ll take a look at restricted free agents soon. If you were wondering where Gus Edwards falls into this, he’s a restricted free agent.