4 free agent safeties Baltimore Ravens must sign before training camp

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Lamarcus Joyner
Oct 2, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets safety Lamarcus Joyner (29) celebrates an / Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

2. The Baltimore Ravens should sign Lamarcus Joyner

Lamarcus Joyner spent his last two seasons with the New York Jets. Joyner will be 33 this year, and he missed all of 2021 with a triceps injury. He did not look that great in 2022, so that is why he is still available. Still, his role may be perfect for the Baltimore Ravens.

Last year the Jets used Joyner as a free safety for 639 snaps, in the box for 122, and in the slot for 81 snaps. The team moved him around a bit, but he spent a lot of his career in a variety of roles.

Lamarcus Joyner has 2,741 snaps as a slot corner, 1,885 as a deep safety, 827 snaps in the box, and 109 out wide. That is what the Baltimore Ravens need from their extra safety.

Whether it is Kyle Hamilton or not, the Ravens do not currently have a slot cornerback that they can trust. If the team signed Joyner, he would easily take that role over from someone like Pepe Williams. Then, the Ravens can use Hamilton in the slot when they want, and they can move him in strong safety role when they want.

When they do that, Joyner can move to the others. The Ravens can even play Marcus Williams in the box, and move Joyner to the deep safety role when Hamilton is in the box. The combination of roles is what makes this such an exciting idea. The fact that Joyner is aging and coming off a bad season may help the Ravens get him on a deal that works for both sides.