Will Baltimore Ravens lose Geno Stone in free agency?

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The Baltimore Ravens had a chance to almost certainly keep Geno Stone this season, but elected not to. Geno Stone was a former seventh-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens, but because he was released and placed on waivers, his rookie contract did not stick with him.

Will Baltimore Ravens lose Geno Stone in free agency?

The Ravens tendered him last season, and interestingly enough, he progressed this year. Stone went from two snaps in 2020 to 219 snaps in 2021, and then 450 snaps last season. Still, the Ravens decided to let him test the market.

It is fair to think that he could come back. The tender was worth $2.7M, and considering the Ravens would get a draft pick if any team signed him, no one was coming to match the deal. Now, there is a chance that he will sign for more than the $2.7M.

However, the Ravens seem to think that either his market will be above that, and they will move on, or it will be below that, and they will be able to bring him back at a very reasonable price. It is an interesting gamble considering the difference will be so minimal. It makes you think that the Baltimore Ravens are fine if they lose Geno Stone.

This is a bit surprising. The team is built on developing their own, and they saw Stone take steps in the past couple of seasons. He is not likely to ascend to a starter, but with the loss of Chuck Clark, there certainly is room for him to get more snaps.

Kyle Hamilton was holding down the slot role as the third safety, but with the loss of Clark, it is more likely that he steps into the starting safety spot. Still, we just saw that the third safety for the Baltimore Ravens had a legitimate role in their defense.

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The Ravens do have guys like Ar'Darius Washington and Pepe Williams who can handle the slot work. Still, they liked having a bigger presence, and that extra safety as an option. Still, as they stand now they really do not have a third safety. All of the sudden this spot is becoming a position of need. Considering it would cost less than $3M to put Stone into the role and call it a day, you have to think that they have other ideas in mind.