The Baltimore Ravens simply couldn't overcome a slew of injuries this past year and ended up missing the playoffs for the first time since 2017. Head coach John Harbaugh has the core pieces needed to compete, but would benefit from some offseason talent being added to the mix.
Of course, general manager Eric DeCosta has not shortage of assets to make those moves happen. Baltimore is projected to have nearly $9.8 million in available cap space and owns 10 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. Let's take a look at three bold predictions for the Ravens this offseason.
Ravens Bold Predictions
1. Ravens Pay Up to Sign Safety Tyrann Mathieu
Winning games can mask some weaknesses and that was definitely the case in terms of Baltimore's secondary. The Ravens finished with the third-worst pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL and allowed a league-high 278.9 passing yards per game. It's time to make a drastic move to improve in that area and signing Tyrann Mathieu is a perfect option. The three-time All-Pro safety was reportedly on Baltimore's radar when he was a free agent back in 2019 and the pairing makes a lot of sense. Mathieu has the playmaking skills to cover receivers deep down the field or come up to the line of scrimmage and fill in rushing gaps. This would be a home run signing for the Ravens.
2. Ravens Take a Chance on Wide Receiver Antonio Brown
It would be surprising to see Antonio Brown on any active NFL roster in Week 1 of the 2022 regular season. However, Baltimore would be the likeliest landing spot. The outspoken wideout has reportedly spending a lot of time with quarterback Lamar Jackson and has already teased joining the squad on his social media accounts. Brown's tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have ended on a sour note, but it's important to remember that he averaged a respectable 77.9 yards per game in 2021. If the Ravens can keep him from being a distraction both on and off the field, adding Brown's talent could instantly upgrade Jackson's offensive weaponry.
3. Ravens Trade Back in First Round & Select OL
The Ravens have built a reputation of making trades within the first rounds of NFL Drafts. Baltimore traded back twice in 2018 before selecting tight end Hayden Hurst and then traded back a few spots in 2019 to take wide receiver Marquise Brown. Seeing them acquire another draft pick or two and moving back from No. 14 overall is definitely a possibility. The instability of starting offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley should have the Ravens debating the idea of drafting a capable replacement. A couple of names that stick out include Tyler Linderbaum, Trevor Penning and Kenyon Green. Bolstering one of the NFL's best rushing offenses with more protection up front is never a bad idea.
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