3 Free Agents Ravens Need to Sign to Make a Super Bowl Run in 2023
Things were looking bright for the Baltimore Ravens after an 8-3 start to the 2021 NFL season. Unfortunately, the campaign became derailed after that, with the Ravens losing their final six games en route to missing the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
It's now back to the drawing board for general manager Eric DeCosta this offseason if he hops for Baltimore to go on a Super Bowl LVII run next year. He'll have just over $9.7 million to play with in free agency and has options to free up more space by trading or releasing certain players.
Here's a look at three free agents that the Ravens need to sign to make a Super Bowl run in 2023.
Ravens Free Agent Targets
1. Antonio Brown, Wide Receiver
Anyone who's been following the latest football rumors knows that Ravens QB Lamar Jackson and the always-eccentric Antonio Brown want to play together in Baltimore. While Brown is usually making headlines due to off-field issues, there's no doubting his on-field talents — proven by his career 12,291 receiving yards and 83 touchdowns. While many GMs will likely be hesitant to sign him, the Ravens only saw two wide receivers record at least 400 receiving yards last season. On his best behavior, Brown is the weapon that Jackson has been looking for and could help the Ravens go on a Super Bowl run.
2. P.J. Williams, Cornerback
One of the biggest weaknesses for the Ravens in 2021 was their secondary, which surrendered the most passing yards in the NFL. One player who could help lower that number next season is veteran cornerback P.J. Williams. The 28-year-old played 16 games (five starts) for the New Orleans Saints last year, finishing with 42 tackles, five broken up passes and three interceptions. While opposing quarterbacks had a 76.9% completion rating when targeting Williams, he didn't allow a touchdown and held QBs to a 60.7 passer rating. If he can bring that same type of play to Baltimore's secondary, the team could be one step closer to a Super Bowl in 2023.
3. Neville Hewitt, Inside Linebacker
Aside from the 23-year-old Patrick Queen, the Ravens don't have any starter-caliber inside linebackers on the roster. Meanwhile, Neville Hewitt is someone they could sign to fill that need, potentially on a cheaper deal. While Hewitt had an unremarkable campaign with the Houston Texans, it was only two years ago that he was a solid starter for the New York Jets. He had 134 tackles, 2.0 sacks, four defended passes and a forced fumble across 16 starts in 2020, which is the type of player that could make the Ravens better if he can get back to that level.
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