2. Ravens target: Justin Houston, OLB
The Ravens still need pass rusher help after missing out on the likes of Za’Darius Smith and Emmanuel Ogbah. Instead of searching for a new player, perhaps they could return to a familiar face.
Justin Houston joined the Ravens last summer and he went on to have a solid season posting 4.5 sacks and 17 QB hits in 15 games. Given the team’s obvious need at the position, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Houston return.
Tyus Bowser is recovering from a torn Achilles, Pernell McPhee is a free agent and unlikely to return, and Odafe Oweh is entering just his second season in the league.
The Ravens need another veteran presence in their outside linebacker corps and bringing back a player like Houston who knows the system (even with a new defensive coordinator) makes sense.
1. Ravens target: Melvin Ingram, OLB
If not Justin Houston, the Ravens could turn their attention to another veteran pass rusher who finds himself still looking for a home in the form of Melvin Ingram.
Ingram spent last season split between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs, and while his box score numbers might not jump out (2.0 sacks in 15 games), he actually put together a very productive season.
The 32-year-old racked up a whopping 51 pressures which actually ranked 23rd among all edge defenders in the NFL. That mark was tied with Cameron Jordan and Brian Burns and ahead of the likes of Chandler Jones and Robert Quinn.
Ingram still has something left in the tank and he would be a worthwhile addition for the Ravens at this stage of free agency.