Tyus Bowser is coming back to Ravens: 3 big things to think about
3. Where do the Ravens go from here?
The outside linebacker position is still a big area of concern. That being said securing Bowser makes the Purple and Black a little less desperate. The Ravens have a fork in the road and neither road is necessarily wrong. They can now go into the draft and make an edge player their primary focus or they can make one more signing.
It’s an idea that Cole Jackson got me thinking about with a tweet earlier today.
Jackson’s point is that the Ravens don’t need to go crazy in free agency with their outside linebackers. They can build around him. Bowser is the starting point, draft picks could become the rest of the picture. If you know how I feel about Joseph Ossai though, you kind of already knew that I agree with this take.
The Ravens can go the other way though, and get more help at rushing the passer with free agency. As of now, here are the options. The Ravens could sign Haaason Reddick after a breakout year with the Arizona Cardinals. They could kick the tires on Melvin Ingram, a player that would have been perfect a few years sooner than this, but still has something left in the tank.
One way or the other the Ravens have to build the defensive front back up and that has to include picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. By keeping Bowser and even by keeping McPhee, the Ravens are not starting from scratch. Think of the two returning edge players as the two Pilsbury ready-to-rollout pie crusts that come in the box.
If the Ravens want to keep going after offensive linemen or even a wide receiver they can now justify doing so. As long as they know they have to add to the outside linebacker position one way or another, and they have a plan, the options are there for them.