Earlier in free agency, we were surprised to see that the Baltimore Ravens did not add a tender for safety Geno Stone. It was only $2.7M and would have locked him onto the team. However, the Ravens were correct as Stone tested the market, and returned on a team-friendly deal.
Baltimore Ravens retain Geno Stone
The move makes sense, and it was surprising to see them even let Stone walk. He went from two snaps in 2020, to 219 the following season, and then 450 snaps last season. He mostly was playing free safety when Marcus Williams was banged up, but he has some experience in the box as well.
This will be needed, because the Ravens played three safeties last season, and moved on from Chuck Clark. The move needed to happen, because they could not reduce or change his role, but they had to get Kyle Hamilton into the starting lineup as the box safety.
So, for now, they have Hamilton in the box, with Marcus Williams deep and Stone as the third safety. Last season that third safety played in the slot, and while Stone has some experience in the slot, that would be a role change for him.
Between Ar'Darius Washington, and Pepe Williams, you would think one of them would be penciled into the slot. Speaking of the cornerback position, with both of them In the slot, they now have to focus on the outside.
Marlon Humphrey is the same old player, but beyond him, they have Trayvon Mullen and Jayln Armour-Davis on the outside. That is not going to cut it. They also have Daryl Worley, who can play inside and outside, but really should be on the outside of most rosters, and the same can be said with BoPete Keyes.
So, if the Ravens do add a safety, it will probably be a box safety who could potentially fill in as the big slot and defend tight ends and those types. Beyond that, they need to add cornerbacks, and mostly outside cornerbacks.
The secondary came together with the addition of Mullen, and the retention of Stone, but there is work to be done