Assessing The Ravens Free Agents

Sports and Bets — February 5, 2015 at 9:16 pm by

 

With NFL  free agency right around the corner, the Ravens brass have  a bunch of tough decisions on the horizon. They have about a month to make offers to their impending free agents before those players have the right to hit the open market. I’ve put the Ravens free agents into two categories. The first is, Players To Be Let Go, and it’s pretty self explanatory.  The second category is,  Players To Bring Back At The Right Price.    This means that I think the Ravens should resign these players, but because they’re the Ravens, and because they play the salary cap game as well as anybody, the category also infers that the Ravens will only sign these players if the price is right.   The Ravens have a price in mind for every player, if a particular player’s price on the open market exceeds the Ravens’ price, then it’s bye-bye birdie. So while it would be nice for the Ravens  to keep everyone we want them to, Ozzie and company won’t allow over spending to trump salary cap health.

So, without further adieu, the Ravens free agents…

Players To Let Go:
CB Chris Greenwood- Never saw the field for the Ravens.

CB Aaron Ross- Was injured the first week of training camp, and at his age, isn’t worth the risk.

CB Antoine Cason- Was a hole-plugging signing last year. Past his prime and not worth the vet minimum.

Guard Will Rackley- Also injured in training camp, and with the Ravens solid depth on the offensive line, he doesn’t make the cut.

Guard Jah Reid- Ravens invested a third round pick on Reid, but he could never break into the starting lineup.

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Bring Back At The Right Price:
QB Tyrod Taylor- Might be worth bringing back at a bargain price to compete with second year youngster, Keith Wenning.

TE Owen Daniels- OD made some big plays down the stretch, but his age and injury history make him a possible liability.

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Safety Jeromy Miles- Solid special teams guy, and was one of the stop gap defensive backs that tried really hard this year…worth another look in camp.

Safety Darian Stewart- Stewart had an average year, and shouldn’t be in high demand on the open market. The Ravens need an upgrade, but he would provide solid depth.

CB Danny Gorrer- Of all the plug in guys that played corner, I thought Gorrer played the best. His price should be bargain basement after the torn ACL, and he might not be a bad candidate to stash on the PUP list for the middle of next year.

RB Justin Forsett- It would be nice to have Forsett back, but Ravens fans have to realize that we just got the best out of him. He’ll be 30 years old this October, and the Ravens don’t have the cap room to pay him 3 million plus a year. Especially with two younger and cheaper options already on the roster.

DL Pernell McPhee- McPhee is a luxury the Ravens simply aren’t going to be able to afford. He will command at least 5-6 million dollars a year as an up and coming pass rusher. It sucks, because McPhee was a catalyst for the pass rush last year with his ability to rush from the inside. In the mold of Art Jones, Paul Kruger , and Adalius Thomas, the Ravens developed a young defender into an NFL starter.

WR Torrey Smith- As I commented Wednesday with much fanfare and slight mistake, I feel like at the right price, resigning Torrey would make sense. Speed like his is a major asset, and it’s hard to find.

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