1. The Ravens could still sign J.C. Tretter
The Ravens seem to have punted on signing a center in free agency and appear more and more likely to simply turn to Patrick Mekari as their new starter in 2022.
They let Bradley Bozeman walk for pennies in free agency and have suggested that they trust Mekari as their starting center. However, they could still salvage the position with one major free-agent addition.
Longtime Cleveland Browns offensive lineman J.C. Tretter is the last true center upgrade remaining on the market. Likely a top-10 center in the NFL, adding a player like Tretter would instantly change the complexion of the Ravens’ offensive line.
The 31-year-old started 80 of a possible 81 games over his five years with the Browns after running into some injury trouble in Green Bay. He’s established himself as one of the league’s top centers and a leader on and off the field.
Tretter has graded out as a top-10 center in the NFL in all but one season since 2015, per Pro Football Focus. He’s coming off another excellent season in which he allowed just one sack and paved the way for a dominant Browns rushing attack.
The Ravens have preached about upgrading their offensive line over the last few months, but as of now, they’ve really failed to do so. Morgan Moses is a great addition at right tackle, but they’ve also downgraded at center.
J.C. Tretter would change everything. Don’t expect the Ravens to make this move, but it would be a home-run signing regardless.