1. Calais Campbell, DE, Ravens
Perhaps the most high-profile remaining free agent the Ravens have, Calais Campbell is understandably taking his time this offseason.
The 35-year-old has decided to play at least one more year in the NFL before calling it quits, and the Ravens still hope that he chooses to spend that year in Baltimore.
Even at his age, Campbell is still playing at a very high level. Campbell finished the 2021 season as Pro Football Focus‘ eighth-highest-graded interior defensive lineman earning a fantastic 80.8 PFF grade.
Much like Houston, his value extended far beyond the stat sheet. Campbell recorded just 1.5 sacks, 12 QB hits, and 49 tackles, although his 31 pressures were more than every other Ravens defensive lineman combined.
He’s a very, very good player, and given the hole the Ravens currently have on their defensive line, bringing back a player like Campbell would certainly be a huge boost.
The Ravens did bring back Michael Pierce who’s expected to replace Brandon Williams as the team’s new nose tackle, but they still lack depth on their defensive line.
Derek Wolfe missed the entire 2021 season due to injury and remains a question mark while Justin Madubuike and Broderick Washington have flashed, but neither has developed into a true difference-maker on defense.
The Ravens need Calais Campbell back. However, it remains to be seen if that will actually happen.