Ravens made right decision not making any trades at the deadline

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After back-to-back years with blockbuster trades, the Baltimore Ravens opted not to make any moves at the trade deadline, which officially passed at 4:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

Their choice to stand pat feels like the safe and the right decision from coach John Harbaugh, who is placing his trust in this Ravens team to finish the rest of the season strong.

Some very far-off rumors circulated around the Ravens potentially giving the Philadelphia Eagles a call about Andre Dillard, but the Eagles ended up holding onto their valuable offensive tackle.

There was also talk of the team targeting a few linebackers on the market given the current shabby state of their interior defense, but nothing happened there either.

The Ravens have made some deadline trades in the past: a 2018 trade for Ty Montgomery, a 2019 trade for Marcus Peters, and last year’s trade for Yannick Ngakoue.

But this year, Baltimore had far fewer options with their severely limited cap space, and it’s not surprising that they chose not to ruffle any feathers and instead stick with their current roster.

The Ravens stood pat at the November trade deadline

Week 8 turned out to be a perfect bye for Baltimore as the Ravens moved into first place in the AFC North without playing a game (thank you, Jets).

While Ravens fans won’t have any enticing new players to watch, they do have reason to salivate with several players getting ready to return from injury in the near future including Nick Boyle, Derek Wolfe, Chris Westry, Latavius Murray, and Sammy Watkins.

What else is good in Charm City? The offense.

The Ravens offense is currently third in the NFL with 2,923 total yards for an average of 417.6 yards per game. Star quarterback Lamar Jackson has produced 2,423 total yards, which accounts for 83 percent of that offensive output.

If there’s something Baltimore could work on after the bye, it’s perhaps taking some of that burden off Jackson and having a little more faith in their running back room.

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The Ravens’ silence at the trade deadline just means the team is satisfied with where they’re at (but not too complacent — the Cincinnati Bengals game showed them that).

Nothing wrong with a bit of well-placed confidence and trust.