3 big-name RBs Ravens could sign in free agency after bombshell report

The Ravens could be in the mood for a big upgrade

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The Baltimore Ravens once again cooked up the best rushing attack in the NFL, as Lamar Jackson and Gus Edwards ripped up even the sharpest defenses last year. Even after such a terrific year, the Ravens will head into free agency with more uncertainty in the backfield.

The improved Edwards is a free agent after running for a career-best 13 touchdowns and failing to come to terms on an extension with Baltimore. While an Edwards return could still very much be in the cards, the latest rumors make it seem like Baltimore is going to go big-game hunting as they push for a championship.

Jeremy Fowler of ESPN (subscription required) reported the Ravens would be looking to add "a running back with pedigree" in free agency. In an unlikely twist of fate, this free agency class is full of proven Pro Bowl talents who could maximize their production by sharing the backfield with the league's MVP in Jackson.

The Ravens will likely have an interest in one of these top running backs if Fowler's reporting is accurate. If they can land any one of this trio on a multi-year contract, Baltimore would be set in the backfield for most of Jackson's prime on the back of a tremendous ground game.

3 high-end running backs the Baltimore Ravens could sign in free agency

3. Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys

Pollard was finally given the chance to be a feature back after Ezekiel Elliott was banished to the Patriots. While he may not have been the game-changer some may have expected, Pollard was productive enough to where some team, perhaps Dallas, will pay him like a starting running back.

Pollard lost more than a yard off his yards per carry average (5.2 to 4.0) and had his fewest receiving yards since 2020 despite setting a new personal-best mark in catches. However, he still tipped 1,000 yards in a pass-happy offense that didn't often play to his strengths. Baltimore could be a much better environment.

Tony Pollard could sign with the Baltimore Ravens

Pollard has proven to be a big-play threat and quality receiver with the Cowboys, something the one-cut bowling ball knows as Edwards often has difficulty doing. The stylistic change would not only make the team more explosive, but it would hand Jackson another passing game weapon he didn't have before.

Pollard will be 27 next season, and even the best running backs don't get expensive second contracts. There is a very good chance he will go to whoever the highest bidder is, meaning Eric DeCosta must be willing to throw some money around and let some veterans go to afford his salary.