The Baltimore Ravens' postseason aspirations came to a screeching halt with a 24-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Super Wild Card Weekend. No. 1 quarterback Lamar Jackson's absence was too much to overcome, leaving the Ravens with just two playoff wins in the last 10 campaigns.
The good news is that Baltimore has the tools to field a better team in 2023. Spotrac lists the Ravens as having just over $40.8 million in cap space this offseason. A good chunk of that is needed to re-sign Jackson, but re-structuring some contracts and releasing other players will give general manager Eric DeCosta more than enough funds to improve the roster.c
Here are three free agents that the Ravens must sign to make a Super Bowl run next season.
Ravens Free Agency
1. Allen Lazard, WR
There's no way to sugarcoat it: the Ravens' passing game was horrible this season. On top of only averaging 180.5 passing yards per game (fifth-worst), tight end Mark Andrews was the only pass-catcher to surpass the 500-yard mark (847) this season. In other words, the Ravens must target someone like Allen Lazard. The 27-year-old wideout was solid this season, setting personal records in receptions (60), yards (788) and receiving yards per game (52.5). Lazard has also only missed four games over the last two seasons, showcasing better health than the majority of Baltimore's WR room this campaign. Getting better with each passing season, Lazard would be the perfect signing to not only entice Jackson to stay but also help the Ravens make a Super Bowl run.
2. Rock Ya-Sin, CB
Another area of weakness for Baltimore is its pass defense. The Ravens were a bottom-nine team when it came to both completions and passing yards allowed, highlighting the need for Rock Ya-Sin. The former Temple product looked great in his lone season with the Las Vegas Raiders, only allowing 42 catches on 69 targets (60.9%) for 414 receiving yards and one touchdown. His 82.6 passer rating when targeted was the lowest mark of his career while his seven broken-up passes were just one away from his previous best. At 26 years old, Ya-Sin likely still has a lot of great football ahead of him and could help the Ravens' secondary stay stronger for years to come.
3. Lamar Jackson, QB
Even though this is an obvious suggestion, there's no bigger free agent that the Ravens can sign than Jackson. Other than Tom Brady, there just aren't any other QBs on the market that could help Baltimore challenge for a Super Bowl. The Ravens would've been way worse this season had Jackson not single-handedly won them games. Even though his passing numbers were down, that had a lot to do with injuries to his pass-catchers, as well as a lack of WR depth. It was only last year that Jackson averaged a career-high 240.2 passing yards per game and if DeCosta surrounds him with better weapons, he can get back to that mark and even surpass it. Losing Jackson would set the Ravens back several years, so finding a way to lock him down is integral to Baltimore even coming close to sniffing a championship next season.
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