Baltimore Ravens: Pros and cons of 5 notable receiver free agents
Two more options to at least consider
Curtis Samuel is a player that the Ravens could utilize in their offense, despite not being the big-bodied target they need to add. If the Ravens are looking at Samuel they’re leaning into their unique offense and getting more dynamic playmaking ability.
Samuel is a play-maker. He caught 77 passes for 871 yards and ran for 200 yards in 2020. The former Ohio State Buckeye would be a big acquisition. The argument for bringing in Samuel is easy to understand. If used correctly, Samuel would fit into the Ravens as a track team mindset that we thought we’d get this past year.
While this is an option, this would be a red flag that the Ravens aren’t all that interested in changing the offense. Signing Samuel would be trying to get better at what they already do. Instead of taking a legitimate shot at getting a number one wide receiver, they would be getting a player to be a more expensive version of what they had Duvernay do last year.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.
I’ve already written about T.Y. Hilton as a player I’d stay away from if I was making the decisions for the Ravens. Hilton is on the list for a reason though. The Ravens could be able to get Hilton at a good price. He’s an experienced player with an injury history would be the nice way of putting it.
Hilton would feel like a consolation prize this offseason. That being said, he is coming off a decent season. The Ravens probably feel that they have to do something at wide receiver one way or another. If the free-agent market doesn’t go the way they need it to, Hilton could become a possibility.
Let’s take a look at the pros and the cons of this move.
Are there other players the Ravens could choose from? Yes. This is just a look at 5 players the Ravens could realistically target. It all boils down to what the Ravens want to accomplish by signing a receiver.
If they want a player who could be an up-and-coming star they should sign Davis. If they want a solid number two receiver that can produce for a few years they’ll go with Jones. If the Ravens want to give Jackson a security blanket underneath (and break the internet) they’ll go with Smith-Schuster.
The Ravens could decide to lean into the concept of their offense fully. The most exciting way to do that would be to sign Samuel. The more predictable and affordable route would be to sign Hilton. All of this and none of this is possible. That’s what makes it fun, here is the information. What player are you going with?