2. Can the Ravens do anything to improve at cornerback this late into the offseason?
John Harbaugh himself said (h/t BaltimoreRavens.com for the transcript) it following Wednesday's practice and after confirming the news of Marlon Humphrey's injury: "It's late. Most [CBs] are on teams right now, so part of that with the guys who are veteran guys is, who’s in shape? Who’s been working?"
The coach kept going, saying "Who really wants to play this year? Because if you’re a guy that’s out (there), and you’ve got some pedigree, you have to be in shape. You have to be ready to go. When you look at that, it’s really on those guys to be ready to play."
Here is how the Ravens cornerback depth chart looks these days, per Pedro Rhormes:
No bueno, hermanos.
The easiest way to add depth is by signing an available free agent. That, at this point, is not really going to fix the cornerback room in terms of its quality, but at least it would add some quantity to it. There aren't many supremely great players available, but it's worth noting that we're past mid-August so that's entirely reasonable.
The second option is the most optimal for adding quality players but it's also the hardest as it would take more to pull off--players going the other way and a team willing to part ways with a CB1/CB2 in a trade just weeks before the start of the regular season.
Of course, there is also the option of not doing anything and putting on a 2022 encore by deploying natural safety Kyle Hamilton into the nickel role while moving Geno Stone to the safety position and working around some Brandon Stephens/Rock Ya-Sin/Jalyn Armour-Davis rotation at the outside corner.
No perfect solutions are there for the Ravens to chase, but they will definitely need to do something and do it quickly because in losing Marlon Humphrey they're going to miss a defensive leader and most probably the second-best player in whole organization only behind Lamar Jackson.
Baltimore is running out of time and the news of Humphrey's injury couldn't have come at a worst time through the offseason, that's for sure. Eric DeCosta, it's your turn (once more) to work some magic.