4 potential trade targets for the Ravens in the 2022 offseason

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1. Ravens trade target: Jonathan Allen, DT, Washington Football Team

The Ravens are going to be looking for defensive line help in the offseason, that much is all but certain. And what better way to add that help than by trading for one of the best young defensive linemen in the NFL?

Now, admittedly this one is more of a pipedream. But it’s actually a trade that was proposed by Bleacher Report’s Chris Roling earlier this week. Let’s run with it for a moment.

Jonathan Allen is playing his fifth season in Washington after being selected with the 17th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has 6.5 sacks in 12 games this season and his 90.9 Pro Football Focus grade ranks third out of all 125 qualified interior defensive linemen.

He’s amassed six or more sacks in three of his last four seasons and is on pace to set a new career-high in 2021. He is, by all accounts, one of the best young defensive linemen in football.

So why would Washington trade him? Roling made the argument that the team already has a stacked defensive line without Allen and they could trade away a player of his caliber to recoup assets and help the team in other areas, such as potentially at quarterback.

The logic does make some sense, and although it would cost the Ravens a pretty penny to get it done, this is undoubtedly a move they should explore if Washington is actually open to trading him.

It seems like just yesterday that Ravens fans were banging the table for the team to draft Allen when he slid to the middle of the first round of draft day.

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It’s hard to argue with the success they found drafting Marlon Humphrey instead. But maybe, just maybe, the Ravens could end up with both players after all.

Crazier things have happened.