Grading every move Ravens made during first wave of free agency

The Ravens have been a bit more active lately in free agency.

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Ravens sign Derrick Henry to two-year contract

The Ravens needed a high-end running back to both replace Gus Edwards on the open market and show they are serious about getting Lamar Jackson an elite skill position player, and pilfering Henry away from the Tennessee Titans will give their running game the punch it needed without Edwards.

The motivated Henry might be an older running back, but the fact he was just shy of reaching 1,200 rushing yards with a very bad Titans offense around him speaks to the fact that he can still be both a reliable runner who shoulders most of the carries and a big play threat with breakaway speed.

The Baltimore Ravens made a huge move with Derrick Henry

Henry may not have to do it alone as he gets a little long in the tooth, as the Ravens have experienced backup Justice Hill and explosive rookie Keaton Mitchell behind him when the moment should arise. Baltimore's ground game once again figures to be among the best in the game, if not the outright best.

The fact that Baltimore got Henry for less than Josh Jacobs and nearly identical money to D'Andre Swift makes this deal both a win for the salary cap watchers and those who want to see Henry in Ravens purple. No matter what else happens, adding Henry makes this offseason a huge victory,

Grade: A

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