4 Ravens free agents who could join Wink Martindale with the Giants

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4. L.J. Fort, LB, Ravens

L.J. Fort was a quality find for the Ravens when he joined the team back in the middle of the 2019 season. The well-traveled NFL veteran had been recently released by the Philadelphia Eagles before finding a new home in Baltimore.

He went on to play 12 games, starting eight down the stretch in his first year with the Ravens. Fort returned in 2020 and picked up right where he left off starting eight of 14 games and putting together arguably the best season of his career.

The expectation was that Fort would fill a similar role again in 2021 as a core special-teamer and reliable defensive contributor. That was until he tore his ACL in the preseason kicking off a slew of untimely summer injuries.

Fort missed the entire 2021 season due to injury, and at 32-years-old, it’s far from a guarantee that the Ravens look to bring him back. But he’s worth consideration and still has plenty of fans within the organization.

One of those fans has left, however. Wink Martindale was a significant supporter of Fort during his time with the team and it’s certainly plausible to think the two could look to reunite with the Giants.

The Ravens might consider bringing Fort back as additional veteran linebacker depth and as someone who can play an important role on special teams.

However, they might have some steep competition.