The Baltimore Ravens are facing a very daunting situation when it comes to featuring a deep-enough cornerback room for the 2023 season outside of starters Marlon Humphrey and Rock Ya-Sin.
However, the franchise is already looking into solving that problem and they brought in veteran player William Jackson III for a visit on Friday.
Josina Anderson of CBS Sports first broke the news of the visit on Tuesday when she tweeted about the Ravens hosting the veteran CB in Baltimore.
Jackson, a seven-year NFL veteran, was the 24th overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2016 draft.
After spending four seasons under a rookie deal with the Bengals, Jackson signed as a free agent with the Washington Commanders in 2021. However, after starting the first four games last season, he requested a trade due to being benched in Week 5 in his second year in D.C.
The Commies traded Jackson to the Pittsburgh Steelers in October without hesitating for a minute, but his season was cut short when he was placed on injured reserve in November, never getting the chance to play a single snap for Pittsburgh.
Jackson has played at both the slot and outside and would be a very valuable and experienced addition to the Ravens' CB room, even more following the recent injuries of Rock Ya-Sin, Arthur Maulet, Trayvon Mullen, and Pepe Williams.
Head Coach John Harbaugh acknowledged the team's concerns about the lack of healthy cornerback depth among players vying for starting positions, highlighting the annoyance felt by both players and staff regarding the recurring injuries.
Harbaugh confirmed that the Ravens "would look into adding depth to the cornerback depth" following Thursday's practice, so this report aligns with that statement.
The Ravens also gained some roster flexibility after waiving UDFA WR Makai Polk on Thursday, so they're doing well in exploring some free-agent options to bring in another veteran cornerback and pass rusher before it's too late.
William Jackson III could be the choice at cornerback, potentially joining EDGE Jadeveon Clowney on his way to Baltimore.
Clowney visited the Ravens on Wednesday and the franchise already extended him an offer he's reportedly "taking some time" to think about before signing on the dotted line.