Baltimore Ravens: Two options for linebacker Patrick Queen's future

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The Baltimore Ravens could trade Patrick Queen

To start, the most intriguing option for Ravens fans is working Queen into a trade. He was a first-round draft pick just three years ago, but his trade value diminishes if he doesn't exceed expectations. At the same time, there will always be teams desperate for competent inside linebacker play.

When searching for potential trade rumors about the former LSU standout, many outlets that don't cover the Ravens see Queen as a "star" for teams to go after.

While I disagree with Queen being labeled as a "star", he is by no means a bad player. His expectations were set a little too high when C.J. Mosley and Ray Lewis are the last two inside linebackers the Ravens drafted in the first round.

Since not every team has the luxury of Roquan Smith and a rich history of inside linebacker play, naturally other teams and fanbases will show interest. So far, the fanbases I've seen express the most interest for Queen have been the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and Las Vegas Raiders.

Knowing Eric DeCosta, it will take a significant return for him to think about moving Queen either before the deadline or even before the year is done and he's no longer under contract. But considering I just saw an Eagles radio anchor say they would give up a second-round pick for Queen and a fourth, nothing will be off the table for DeCosta.

Queen absolutely still has that big play ability, and as shown by the back half of last season, he can still make plays in the right system.