Baltimore Ravens: Possible cap casualty players to snatch up
New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders
Another perennial favorite of the fanbase, Emmanuel Sanders was a big part of the Saints offense during the 2020 season in the absence of Michael Thomas. Unfortunately for New Orleans, they’re in the midst of a cap situation that borders on the unfathomable.
A good number of very talented players will be looking for work as a result, and Sanders would immediately be amongst the top tier-two wide receivers in free agency should he be one of them.
Sanders would give Lamar Jackson a reliable, tough catch guy on the outside who’s also still capable of breaking one, for a more than reasonable compensation hit financially. When taking out the consensus number one options, there isn’t a skill position player on the market who would better fit what the Ravens are looking for than Sanders. For a team that has a noted history of loving veteran wide receivers in free agency, this one couldn’t make more sense.
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku
It’s no secret that the relationship between the Browns and David Njoku hasn’t exactly been roses and fairytales over the last two years. Specifically, after signing Austin Hooper to the richest tight end contract in league history before the 2020 season, it felt like Njoku was a total afterthought in the team’s offensive plans.
Still, Njoku is only 24 years of age and was a first-round pick just a few short years ago. He’s shown flashes during his tenure in Cleveland, at least enough for the Ravens to bring him in on a cheap-ish contract and try to get something out of him that the Browns couldn’t (while sticking it to their inter-divisional rival in the process).
At 6’4 and 247 pounds, he’s more than equipped physically to be a force at the position, and perhaps a change of scenery coupled with a chance to play his former team twice a year will be enough to restart Njoku’s engine.