The Baltimore Ravens have made the wide receiver position a priority in free agency this offseason. Will they add another before the offseason is over?
However, it looks like the Baltimore Ravens aren’t exactly done with looking around at free agent wide receivers, having hosted both former New Orleans Saints receiver Willie Snead and former Chicago Bears receiver Cameron Meredith last week.
Both players are good receivers and would be potentially good fits for the Baltimore Ravens’ offense, but will the team make another free agency move and sign another receiver?
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It’s definitely possible, and if they signed either Snead or Meredith, it would strengthen the Ravens’ offense all the more. Last year the wide receiver position was one of the team’s weakest positions (if not the weakest position).
But the Baltimore Ravens’ receiving corps looks almost entirely different (and significantly better) with the additions of Crabtree, Brown, and Posey and the loss of Jeremy Maclin, Mike Wallace, and Michael Campanaro.
The other thing that makes Snead and Meredith so interesting is the fact that they’ve both had notable success in the NFL before. Snead finished his rookie season in 2015 with 69 catches for 984 yards and three touchdowns and finished his 2016 season with 72 catches for 895 yards and four touchdowns. Snead didn’t play in nearly as many games last year (partly thanks to a suspension), which led to a disappointing eight-catch, 92-yard season.
Meredith, on the other hand, had his breakout season in 2016 with the Bears, finishing the year with 66 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns. However, he missed all of the 2017 season due to an ACL injury.
Both Snead and Meredith are restricted free agents, which means that any offer the Ravens make to them can be matched by their respective teams, so it’s possible that the Ravens may try to sign either of them without success. But I expect the Ravens to try and sign one of the two of them.
Both are 25-years-old, and both are very talented. If the Baltimore Ravens are able to sign one of the two of them for a reasonable price (and their respective teams don’t match), it would give Joe Flacco one of the better receiving corps that he’s ever had.
It would also allow the Ravens to focus on their next biggest area of need in this year’s NFL Draft: the offensive line. Their line was in rough shape last year, though losing Marshal Yanda for the season certainly didn’t help, but now that Ryan Jensen as left the team, the Ravens will need to focus on strengthening their offensive line, and the draft is a great place to do that.
Even if the Ravens don’t sign Snead or Meredith, they’ve addressed the biggest problem their offense had this offseason, but signing either Snead or Meredith would strengthen their receiving corps even more, and I think they’ll definitely make an attempt to sign one of the two of them.