Ravens connected to veteran OT in mock trade proposal

Ravens, Morgan Moses Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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The Baltimore Ravens could be looking for offensive tackle depth, especially following the announcement that star left tackle Ronnie Stanley will officially miss the rest of the 2021 season.

The upcoming trade deadline presents the team with an opportunity to acquire some much-needed depth. However, options tend to be rather slim when you’re talking about offensive linemen.

That said, one recent mock trade proposal from ESPN’s Bill Barnwell could be an interesting option to explore.

Barnwell recently released an article detailing 10 mock trades, and one of those trades saw the Ravens acquiring New York Jets offensive tackle Morgan Moses in an exchange of draft picks.

The exact details saw the Ravens send a 2022 fourth-round pick to the Jets for Moses and a 2023 sixth-round pick.

The idea is sound, in theory, and it might be something worth exploring.

Could the Ravens actually trade for Morgan Moses?

The Ravens have been forced to start Alejandro Villanueva at left tackle and Patrick Mekari at right tackle with Stanley out. And to their credit, both players have played well.

Mekari, in particular, deserves plenty of praise for his play given his lack of NFL experience at the position.

Despite this, the Ravens remain ultra-thin at tackle. Behind their two starters, the Ravens have a collection of practice-squad-caliber players including Andre Smith, David Sharpe, Adrian Ealy, and Jaryd Jones-Smith.

There’s also recent waiver claim Brandon Knight, who has yet to actually report to the team, as well as Tyre Phillips who can play tackle too.

The Ravens really need tackle depth. They’re one injury away from starting a borderline roster-able player at the position.

That’s where Moses could come into play.

The 30-year-old has started 97 career games, primarily with the Washington Football Team where he spent the first seven years of his career.

He’s been the model of consistency and stability having not missed a game since his rookie season way back in 2014. Moses is as durable as they come, and he’s still playing at a pretty high level.

In five games, Moses has a 67.6 Pro Football Focus grade that ranks 32nd among qualified tackles. He would certainly fit the bill as quality depth, although trading for him might be a little tricky.

The Ravens have very limited cap space and would likely either need the Jets to retain some of Moses’ salary or create some more space of their own to make the trade work.

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But if the Jets are willing to part ways with Moses (who signed a one-year, $3.6 million contract in the offseason) and the Ravens can make the financials work, it’s certainly a trade worth exploring.