The Baltimore Ravens seem to be legitimately interested in adding another top-tier offensive player to their roster before the trade deadline later this month.
At least that's what most analysts out there are trying to drill into our consciousness, considering the many rumors popping up of late linking the Ravens to multiple New York running backs from both the Blue and Green sides of the city, as well as a future free agent at the wide receiver position.
Earlier this week, Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports discussed a few trade rumors including one about Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams, who might be about to demand a trade out of Sin City in an attempt to ring chase with another franchise.
"He's only a year and a half into a $140 million deal that runs through 2026, and he's repeatedly championed his West Coast location after arriving from the Packers. But he's also repeatedly questioned Las Vegas' decision-making and roster-building, admitting recently his Raiders experience hasn't been "what I wanted." Dealing him would sap the offense of a top-five pass-catcher, but it would save tens of millions and potentially recoup high picks for another inevitable rebuild."- Cody Benjamin, CBS Sports
Benjamin cited the potential financial benefits for the Raiders in trading Adams, noting the opportunity to save millions and acquire valuable picks for a future rebuild if they end up selling their coveted asset shortly after acquiring him from the Green Bay Packers.
Davante Adams, a six-time Pro Bowl wideout, should be on the trade block if only in an exploratory way so the Raiders can check the market for their players and what other franchises are willing to trade for him.
Benjamin added the Ravens as potential contenders to land Adams via trade along with the Patriots and the Texans. Of course, the Ravens could be one or two elite players away from making a Super Bowl run this season, which is definitely not the case in New England and Houston.
The need for additional offensive firepower became apparent during Week 5 when the Ravens faced the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite Lamar Jackson's efforts, numerous dropped passes by receivers undermined their performance, which could have been a historic one had all of his throws ended up in receptions.
The Ravens have a GM in Eric DeCosta who won't hesitate to pull the trigger if an extraordinary opportunity like this one truly materializes, so it's worth keeping an eye on this saga during the next few weeks.
Adams has expressed a desire to win now, and considering that's most definitely not happening in Las Vegas it's reasonable to think he would give his approval to a trade to Baltimore.
If that happens, Adams will become part of an offensive unit that would allow him to play across fellow veteran superstar Odell Beckahm Jr. and next to rookie sensation Zay Flower.