The Ravens are known for extracting even the tiniest drop of production from the proverbial transaction-lemon thanks to the job done by General Manager Eric DeCosta.
You just have to look at last season's trade deadline move for linebacker Patrick Queen to get a solid idea of the ruthless way in which EDC operates. Or just look at the additions he's done this offseason and regular season (mostly signing Jadeveon Clowney and Kyle Van Noy) for another example.
With the trade deadline quickly approaching and coming on Oct. 31 this season, Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com addressed a question from a reader wondering what's up with the Ravens' plans for it.
"DeCosta seemingly always has something boiling in his cauldron. He's made a significant deal three of his four years as GM (Marcus Peters in 2019, Yannick Ngakoue in 2020, Smith in 2022)."- Ryan Mink, BaltimoreRavens.com
"DeCosta seemingly always has something boiling in his cauldron," Mink pointed out. "He's made a significant deal three of his four years as GM: Marcus Peters in 2019, Yannick Ngakoue in 2020, Smith in 2022," the beat reporter reminded all readers in his latest mailbag.
Mink is absolutely right in his assessment, and that only comes to prove what we were saying in the intro at the start of this little report. DeCosta won't hesitate to pull the trigger if the right player is available and the Ravens have the resources to make such a trade happen.
"I'm sure DeCosta will be on the hunt again this year," Mink made clear in answering the question from a Ravens fan.
The keyword there is "hunt," as Mink implies an expectation for DeCosta to be actively looking to trade for someone instead of waiting for an opportunity to emerge.
"If the Ravens were to make a deal, I would expect it to be for a pass rusher or running back," said Mink. That aligns with most of the rumors that have been popping up of late linking players to Baltimore.
Some of the names included in the rumor mill have been those of running backs Dalvin Cook and Saquon Barkley, both playing in New York teams, as well as edge rushers Danielle Hunter of the Minnesota Vikings and Brian Burns of the Carolina Panthers.
There is also the possibility of landing former top-prospect Chase Young from Washington or even wide receiver Davante Adams of the Las Vegas Raiders.
We might not know yet who the name of the chosen man is, but rest assured a trade is coming because DeCosta is widely expected to keep his magic working in order to bolster the Ravens roster and boost the chances of Baltimore winning the Super Bowl come February.