Is Stallworth move just the beginning for Ravens?
The Ravens made some headlines today when they signed former Browns WR Donte’ Stallworth to a one-year deal worth a reported $900,000 — with incentives built into the deal that could push it to a total value of $1.2 million.
A nice move — not a great move — but a move that needs to be discussed nonetheless.
The Ravens head into this offseason with both Derrick Mason and Kelley Washington as unrestricted free agents. By signing Stallworth, they are now protected in the case that they become receiver hungry. But if you are Baltimore, do you stop there?
This is a low-risk move for a guy coming off a suspension and a guy who has been out of football for over a year. The Ravens are rolling the dice that Stallworth can produce and can use his vertical speed to separate down the field and create scoring opportunities for QB Joe Flacco.
But, we know where this is going — Brandon Marshall, Anquan Boldin and Vincent Jackson.
These three players have all been connected somehow to this franchise in the past and already this offseason. And, we can also throw Terrell Owens’ name in the mix just to make it sexier.
This team needs help at receiver, and I am comparing the Ravens’ move to bring in Stallworth today to the deal just completed by the Bengals to bring in WR Matt Jones.
Low risk, and hopefully, high reward.
However, those bigger names and bigger talents are still out there. A player such as a Brandon Marshall shouldn’t see his name crossed off of the Ravens wish list because of Stallworth. Instead, he should be looked at as another weapon and another option for Flacco.
This franchise needs to continue to build around Flacco if they view him as a franchise-level quarterback. And, if that is the case, the Ravens should still be active once March 5 rolls around.
Stallworth may be the first step in adding some speed and talent outside of the numbers, but he isn’t enough.
More moves need to come.
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