The Baltimore Ravens have been quiet in free agency, and they had to be. They do not have much cap space. The lack of cap space and the questionable talent at wide receiver in free agency has led to the team having to scrape the bottom of the talent pool to find some help.
When the Baltimore Ravens brought in Nelson Agholor for a visit we wrote that it would be a perfect fit, and that the team should make the signing. They could not do much better. They did just that, inking him today.
Baltimore Ravens signed Nelson Agholor in free agency
For the most part, Agholor is just a younger, better version of Demarcus Robinson with a bit more room for upside. He comes and goes too often and is not consistent, but he can be a big-play hitter in the right offense. If he takes over the Robinson role, the offense should be looking like this:
X: Rashod Bateman
Z: Nelson Agholor
Slot: Devin Duvernay
4. Tylan Wallace
5. James Proche
6. Andy Isabella
7. Mike Thomas
8. Shemar Bridgers
For the most part, Wallace would be behind Agholor and Proche behind Duvernay. If Bateman went down Agholor would move to the X, then one of Wallace or Proche would move into a bigger role. Last year they started to move Duvernay out of the slot. However, Bateman rarely plays the slot, and Agholor moves in there at times, but only played 30% of his snaps in the slot the past couple of seasons. Duvernay should get back to the slot this year.
This move should obviously not impact their draft plans in any way. First. Isabella at six should not make the roster. Proche at five is a lock now, but he should be pushed down a bit. They are also very close to needing Wallace, who has not shown much of anything.
It puts them in a spot where they do not need to draft multiple wideouts. Also, if they miss in round one, they could swing back in round three, and not be devastated. However, this is an obvious small bandaid on a big wound and is more likely to be described as a quick fix, and not a real solution.