3. This doesn’t mean the Ravens are done and Watkins won’t get in the way:
Signing Watkins doesn’t mean the Ravens are set at the wide receiver position. They still have a responsibility to continue drafting for the position. Watkins doesn’t necessarily provide a future. He’s here for the now and the Ravens will see from there. If the Ravens aren’t content at wide receiver there are always trade possibilities.
This move doesn’t mean the Ravens gave up on Miles Boykin. It does however mean they know they can’t put all their eggs in the Boykin basket. The Ravens may look to draft that big-bodied and reliable target that they were hoping to get from the former Notre Dame wide-out. While this calms things down and reduces the swelling of the Ravens need, the Ravens still need to build a receiver position.
What’s good about this move is that it doesn’t get in the way. Watkins is a receiver that’s not like the other receivers the Ravens employ. He’s not a huge target, but he’s got more size than the Marquise Brown’s and Devin Duvernay‘s of the world.
Duvernay is still set for his breakout year and his increased role in the offense. James Proche’s production doesn’t get knocked back at all. This may be a minimalist move, however, if Duvernay is the player we think he may become, Baltimore is on its way to building a receiving room that makes sense.
The Ravens get to continue with their streak of being practical in free agency. They have Watkins at a very affordable one-year clip. The Ravens can still add to the receiver position in a couple of ways this offseason and they can re-attack the position group next offseason.
The most important takeaway here is that the Ravens needed to make a move and this move is a valid one. The Ravens did something that made sense and they didn’t break the bank. They got what they wanted. They didn’t want to overpay a receiver and they still got one they feel can produce for them.