Ravens projected to sign veteran big play threat to replace Odell Beckham Jr.

Would Baltimore do well to make this move?

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The wide receiver room for the Baltimore Ravens is very slowly starting to take shape. Before the free agent bonanza began in proper, the Ravens cast doubt on the possibility of an Odell Beckham Jr. return when they signed veteran Nelson Agholor to a one-year contract.

With wide receiver still an area of need, and the fact Eric DeCosta would look foolish if he runs it back with the same corps in 2024, all signs point to the Ravens making at least one more addition in this area while leaving Beckham out to dry.

If the Ravens want to add someone who can be a vertical playmaker as they transition to an offense built more on the arm of Lamar Jackson than ever before, Beckham might not be the best option. An ideal player for that role might be plying his trade over in the AFC North.

Bleacher Report suggested Baltimore as a potential landing spot for Detroit Lions wide receiver Josh Reynolds, who could be eyeing one more big deal after reviving his career alongside his old running mate, Jared Goff. This move would give the Ravens a new No. 2 wide receiver and spell the end for Beckham in Baltimore.

B/R links Baltimore Ravens to Lions WR Josh Reynolds

Reynolds first made his mark as a No. 3 wideout for Sean McVay's Los Angeles Rams and eventually ended up back with Goff on the Lions after a stint with the Tennessee Titans didn't go so well. At 29 years old, Reynolds knows he likely has just one more shot at earning a big contract.

Often serving as the No. 2 receiver while Jameson Williams got up to speed, Reynolds caught 40 passes for 608 yards and five touchdowns. Making big plays downfield has always been a hallmark of his game, and that skill was maximized by a very creative offensive coordinator in Ben Johnson.

Reynolds doesn't bring the same injury concerns that Beckham does, nor would he require the huge paycheck on a one or two-year contract. Purely based on how well both Reynolds (who averaged 15.2 yards per catch last season) and Beckham can make plays vertically while Zay Flowers takes most of the underneath stuff, the Lions stud comes out ontop.

Beckham could still have a role in the NFL, but he needs to reduce his asking price and be aware of the fact anything above a WR3 role would be too rich. If he can't make peace with that, Baltimore might need to pivot to a replacement like Reynolds.


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