It was written on the wall: the New York Jets made the cut of veteran running back Dalvin Cook official on Tuesday after they crashed out of the postseason picture a few weeks ago, making the rusher available for whoever wants him. Will that team be the Baltimore Ravens?
Will the Ravens, in fact, try to add another veteran in Marcus Peters on top of Cook? If you remember, Peters was released by the Las Vegas Raiders a few weeks ago, and given his past with Baltimore, the contending status of the Ravens, and his availability, he was also highlighted as a potential late-season addition.
There is no question the Ravens have navigated issues impacting their backfield all year long. Just two quarters into the season they lost RB1 J.K. Dobbins. A few weeks ago they lost homegrown rookie Keaton Mitchell. They have Melvin Gordon III around as a veteran, break-in-case-of-emergency option, but that's all he is now. Thus, signing Cook will make sense... or will it?
To be honest, no, it wouldn't make sense at all. Why would you add a washed veteran to a backfield and an offense that is currently leading the NFL in total rushing yards and yards per carry? To disrupt the chemistry and the good vibes? Nope, not liking that idea.
Adding any of Dalvin Cook and/or Marcus Peters would do the Ravens no good
Alongside Cook, the Ravens could also consider signing Marcus Peters to bolster their secondary. Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report highlighted Peters as the "best available depth piece" for the Ravens in a piece published on Monday.
Same as with the backfield, Baltimore has seen performers at the cornerback and safety positions go down every week, including Marcus Williams, Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Stephens, and lately DPOY candidate Kyle Hamilton.
Peters had a successful three-year stint with the Ravens before being let go last offseason. He signed with the Raiders but he was so disruptive (for the bad) on and off the field that he was ultimately cut by Las Vegas a few days ago and already with interim head coach Antonio Pierce at the helm. No bueno.
Peters was an extraordinary playmaker a few days ago, but he's not that type of game-changing player anymore, as sad as that sounds.
The Ravens have depth in bunches in their secondary with veterans Arthur Maulet, Rock Ya-Sin, and Ronald Darby stepping up of late and others such as Geno Stone sizing their opportunities from earlier this season and making the most of those, turning 2023 into their breakout campaigns.
Adding Cook and/or Peters would help add depth to the roster, of course, and you never have enough warm bodies in the NFL because of the physicality of the game and injuries always looming around the corner.
From there to adding nonsensical, locker-room-destroying additions there is a huge bridge that makes no sense crossing. Passing on these two. Eric DeCosta better be looking the other way!
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