Wide receiver Golden Tate:
The comments underneath this pick are most likely going to be brutal, and it should be known that this choice (or the one to follow) isn’t advocations of the signings, but rather an acknowledgment of their possibility.
After a subpar stint in New York, Golden Tate finds himself at the bottom of a very talented free-agent wide receiver class. With that said, if the Ravens do spend a mentionable amount of money on one of the aforementioned pass rushers, their choices at receiver may be limited, to say the least.
Tate certainly wouldn’t be lighting up the stat sheet every week, and would most likely serve the role of Willie Snead-lite in this Ravens offense. A slot presence, good for some tough catches when you need him, but overall nothing that anyone will write home about. The Ravens do love their veteran wide-outs though, and a signing like Tate (on top of a couple of draft choices) would be 100% par for the course.
Edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney:
Remember, acknowledgment, not advocation. Jadeveon Clowney bet on himself in free agency after his time in Houston came to a close, unfortunately, that bet is yet to pay off for him.
After missing a major portion of last season due to injury, he finds himself yet again in “prove it” mode, now more so than ever after the Titans chose not to re-sign him. If there’s one defensive coach in football who could restart Clowney’s engines though, it’s Wink Martindale.
Like all of the names mentioned in this article prior, Clowney’s contract this season shouldn’t be anything that would tie up the team’s future in even a remotely substantial way. Bringing him in on the cheap, while also signing one of the tier-two wide receivers out there, could give the Ravens their best chance at a Super Bowl if he can rekindle some of that 2017-2018 magic.
The Ravens will inevitably have to “cut a corner” in free agency due to their limited cap space (after eventual re-signings/tenders), whether it’s at wide receiver or pass rusher. If pass rusher is the one they choose to go light on, there are few out there who’ve shown they have the ability to play as well as Clowney has in his career.