Offensive guard Richie Incognito:
Saying that the Ravens plan to run the football in 2021 is about as redundant as saying “the sky is blue and the grass is green”. The hole Marshal Yanda left in the interior offensive line after the 2019 season was massively apparent in stretches last season and in no moment more than the playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills.
IOL is another position the Ravens are likely to address in the draft, but one that depth is absolutely vital in at the same time. Richie Incognito would bring a mean, nasty presence up front who sure loves any opportunity to get in somebody’s grill and push forward.
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Coming off an Achilles injury, Incognito’s cap hit is likely to be extremely low to whoever signs him, but he’s back to full health today and could be a steal for the Ravens. Incognito’s presence alone would be the start of this team’s offensive line reclaiming their road grader identity.
Edge rusher Justin Houston:
Boy, you don’t realize how many players have been rumored to the Ravens over the years until you start listing them off in articles like these. A darling of both pundits and the fanbase heading into the 2019 season, Justin Houston once again finds himself on the free agency market after two very solid seasons in Indianapolis. In a time where the Ravens are desperate for pass rushers, why not kick the tires again and see if a deal can get done?
Houston will most certainly come at a higher cost than Carlos Dunlap, but coming off 4 straight seasons with at least 8 sacks would be well worth the investment (especially given it will likely be a short-term deal).
The Ravens are in win-now mode, and spending up a bit for a premier pass rusher like Houston is the type of move that would keep them from having a glaringly unproven position group. Filtering in young talent at the position is key of course, but title contenders also need known production.