3 Best Offseason Moves From the Baltimore Ravens

Zach Brunner
Three best offseason moves from the Ravens.
Three best offseason moves from the Ravens. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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The Baltimore Ravens were the most dominating team during last regular season, thanks to MVP Lamar Jackson, but they were caught on an off day during the postseason. In order to get back to playing dominant football, overwhelming their opponents with a physical style of play, Baltimore was tasked with acquiring players to improve their team without disrupting the chemistry they have.

They have had a lot of success so far this offseason, adding quality players to fulfill specific needs. These are the three best offseason moves from the Ravens.

1. Trading for Calais Campbell

The Ravens traded for big man Calais Campbell.
The Ravens traded for big man Calais Campbell. / Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The Ravens got an absolute steal, trading for the massive Calais Campbell, who is coming off a 6.5-sack, 25-quarterback hit season. Along with getting after the passer, Campbell was PFF's top-ranked run defender, with a 90.8 run defense grade. He is one of those players that is truly unblockable and his age does not seem to matter.

2. Franchise Tagging Matthew Judon

Matt Judon was a force fo the Ravens in 2019.
Matt Judon was a force fo the Ravens in 2019. / Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

Matthew Judon was a beast for the Ravens in 2019, registering 9.5 sacks and 33 QB hits. With such a high potential price tag, letting him hit free agency would have surely ended his time with the Ravens. Keeping Judon in town keeps the Ravens pass rush strong in 2019 and allows them to buy time on a long-term move for Judon.

3. Re-Signing Jimmy Smith

The Ravens re-signed cornerback Jimmy Smith.
The Ravens re-signed cornerback Jimmy Smith. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The Ravens were able to re-sign their longest tenured defensive back for a team-friendly $3.5 million, which is a huge win. Smith was injured in Week 1 last season, then the Ravens' pass defense was ranked 29th through Week 8. When Smith returned in Week 9, the entire defense changed, and Baltimore ranked first in pass defense over the course of the second half of the season.


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