1 player from each AFC North rival the Ravens should want to steal

Ja'Marr Chase. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Ja’Marr Chase #1 of the Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Ravens’ Steal No. 3: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

What better way to cripple a division rival than snatch its top wideout?

The Baltimore Ravens got blown out by the Cincinnati Bengals last season, and one Bengals wide receiver proved to be a particularly sharp thorn in Baltimore’s side: Ja’Marr Chase.

In two meetings against the Ravens, Chase hauled in 326 receiving yards and one touchdown as Cincy put a total of 82 points over Baltimore. Take away Joe Burrow’s favorite target, and the Bengals’ offensive prowess gets much, much tamer.

As for Chase’s potential fit in the Ravens, he would slide right in alongside fellow 2021 first-rounder Rashod Bateman and serve as the ultra-dangerous downfield threat Lamar Jackson has been craving in recent years.

We’re not going to speak too much about Chase and Jackson’s potential chemistry since the two of them will probably never play together in real life (never say never), but adding a dynamic wideout like Chase would give Jackson the ammo he needs to return to his 2019 MVP form.

The Ravens could use extra wide receiver help in 2022, and while Baltimore could reasonably benefit from the addition of an older wideout like Tee Higgins or Tyler Boyd, the team wants to sever that electric Burrow-Chase LSU connection. Badly.

Stealing Chase from Cincinnati is a no-brainer.