Could Ravens' "risks" land a big time WR?
Earlier today, the NFP’s Aaron Wilson reported that the Baltimore Ravens are willing to take some risks this offseason. Ravens principal owner Steve Biscotti put it out there in the best terms, saying,"You're not going to have 53 angels, and you probably wouldn't have a very good team if you had 53 angels.”
Makes sense, right? Of course it does, as we always say that talent and production outweigh plenty of the red flags that are attached to players’ names.
We know the Ravens have talked about bringing in a top-flight WR to work with QB Joe Flacco and RB Ray Rice — the core of the offense in Baltimore.
Biscotti, when referencing the Patriots’ ability to deal with players who have baggage, said, “I hope we’re in a position someday where someone wants to dump a Randy Moss for a fourth-round draft pick, because I’ll be in there saying, ‘We’ve got to take a chance.’ It’s about what you have to lose if that person fails you. So, I think it’s risk and return."
As Wilson pointed out, one of two restricted free agents, San Diego’s Vincent Jackson — who has already been linked to the Miami Dolphins — and Denver’s Brandon Marshall — who has been linked to multiple teams — could be in Baltimore next season if the Ravens put a strong offer on the table.
Is it finally time that the Ravens make that offseason move for a big-name WR? Both Jackson and Marshall are threats. They can stretch the field and are physical enough at the line of scrimmage to win one-on-one matchups. And, they can run every route you draw up for them with success.
Basically, they are “game plan players,” as opposing defensive coordinators have to spend a week of practice and meeting time scheming to take them out of the game or limit their production.
Flacco needs to continue to develop, and having a player such as Jackson or Marshall will add to an offense that has already proven it can dominate the line of scrimmage in the power running game.
Sounds like it might be time to take that “risk” in Baltimore, make a deal and become more than just a playoff contender.
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