Ravens could trade for up-and-coming Eagles wide receiver

Ravens, Jalen Reagor (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Ravens, Jalen Reagor (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

NFL pundits remain convinced that the Baltimore Ravens will trade for a wide receiver before the start of the 2022 season, perhaps targeting a certain flashy wideout from Philly.

This offseason, most of the talk surrounding the Ravens has been about two things: one, how Baltimore won the draft, and two, how the team’s largely unproven wide receiver corps will fare in 2022.

The Ravens have been linked to several elite wideouts earlier in the summer including Julio Jones, Deebo Samuel, D.K. Metcalf, and Odell Beckham Jr., and with three of those four receivers currently off the market, the team’s options at the position are only dwindling.

The team’s best bet may be to acquire a low-risk vet like Emmanuel Sanders, but a more intriguing option lies via trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski wrote about one trade each NFL team should offer this offseason and had the Eagles sending Jalen Reagor to the Ravens:

"“The Eagles are more than settled after acquiring A.J. Brown to push Reagor even further down the depth chart. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Philadelphia has continued to shop the 23-year-old.The Baltimore Ravens are an obvious landing spot after moving Marquise Brown during the draft… Lamar Jackson and Co. will rely heavily on Rashod Bateman to blossom in Year 2 with little beyond him.”"

Ravens shouldn’t be so quick to turn down a potential Jalen Reagor trade

Reagor enters his third year in the league after putting together two modest seasons in Philly, and the A.J. Brown acquisition may indeed have made Reagor expendable.

The 2020 first-rounder regressed last year, recording just 33 catches for 299 yards and two touchdowns in 17 games. Reagor could have one more year to prove his worth on the Eagles, but if it’s a change of scenery he needs, Baltimore could consider welcoming him with open arms.

The Ravens’ wideout room looks like one of the weakest in the league on paper, and Reagor would automatically earn a WR2 spot alongside Rashod Bateman.

Jackson could use a few more talented weapons in the passing offense aside from Bateman and Mark Andrews, and though James Proche and Devin Duvernay deserve their chance to shine, it’s not outrageous to have a fallback plan.

Baltimore was reportedly interested in Reagor during the 2020 draft, and a reasonable trade for the wideout wouldn’t cost the Ravens too much draft capital.

There’s no guarantee that Reagor can flourish under the arm of Lamar Jackson, yet he carries more upside than any current free agent options at the position.

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Reagor may never fully live up to his first-round potential, but he can still develop into a productive wideout in the league. Philly may not have been a good fit for him, so why not Baltimore?