Baltimore Ravens: Possible cap casualty players to snatch up
Green Bay Packers OLB Preston Smith
The Ravens lost one-half of the “Smith Brothers” to Green Bay after the 2018 season, so it’s fitting that they’d receive one back a few short years later. That’s totally how this works, right? All jokes aside, Preston Smith flourished in his first season for the Packers to the tune of 12 sacks, before taking a step back this season with four.
With the prospects of losing Matt Judon or Yannick Ngakoue (or both) being very real, the Ravens will have to find a way to reload the pass rush heading into 2021. While the draft has its fair share of options this year in a solid class, adding a name with known production and deep playoff experience may prove to be more beneficial.
One of the most popular names in the “potential cuts” category the last few weeks, Smith would totally fit the mold of that front seven veteran presence the Ravens have loved signing over the years (what’s up Elvis Dumervil, Trevor Pryce, and Daryl Smith?). He’s also likely to come at a modest price, which is really what the Ravens will be all about this year in free agency.
Buffalo Bills WR John Brown
Come on home Smokey! John Brown‘s 2018 season in Baltimore is looked back on fondly. Heck, he almost caught the game-winning touchdown against the Chiefs and prevented the flock from having these “Jackson” can’t beat Mahomes” arguments for three years in a row (thanks Tyreek).
After a thousand-yard performance in 2019 for Buffalo, Brown’s season was hampered by injuries in 2020 and his production suffered as a result. Now, a Baltimore reunion may be in the cards. Both sides had nothing but good to say about each other despite their parting of ways, so why not give Lamar another option on the outside who he’s already had a bit of chemistry in the past?
While not as known for his tough, contested catches as some other options (although he’s still certainly capable), Brown’s ability to stretch the field would give the Ravens a track team on the outside between him and Hollywood Brown. Not only would this open up the middle for Mark Andrews and others, but it also forces teams to not key in on Hollywood as the only deep threat.