2. Ravens target: J.C. Tretter, C
The loss of Bradley Bozeman leaves a pretty noticeable hole at center. Patrick Mekari is a good player, but it would seem a little misleading to preach upgrading the offensive line only to downgrade at the center position.
That’s especially true given the dirt-cheap contract that Bozeman received. Somehow, the former Alabama standout is actually making less than Mekari in 2022. That just doesn’t make sense.
Perhaps the Ravens still have something up their sleeve though. If they’re looking to upgrade at the position, perhaps the only remaining option left in free agency is J.C. Tretter.
Tretter would be a massive upgrade to a Ravens’ offensive line that desperately needs one. The 31-year-old veteran was released by the Cleveland Browns in a somewhat surprising move earlier this offseason.
He remains a free agent and is likely just biding his time and evaluating his options. Even at his age, he’s sure to have plenty of suitors.
Tretter remains one of the better centers in football and has graded out as a top-10 center by Pro Football Focus in all but one year since 2015. Simply put, you don’t find too many players of his caliver just floating around on the open market.
The Ravens will absolutely have competition for Tretter and he might cost a pretty penny, but it would be worth it. The offensive line needs to be better in 2022, and adding Tretter would go a long way toward ensuring that’s the case.