Ravens Nearly Signed Star Defender in Free Agency

The Baltimore Ravens almost signed a star defender in free agency.
The Baltimore Ravens almost signed a star defender in free agency. / (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Baltimore Ravens' free agency period has been headlined by the Lamar Jackson contract drama. With such an important piece truly up in the air, it's had an impact on the Ravens' ability to sign difference-makers who want to play for a contender.

There was one marquee free agent, however, that almost landed in Baltimore this offseason.

Stud cornerback Darius Slay admitted he was extremely close to signing with the Ravens in free agency. The team even gave him the offer he wanted, but he allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to match it, which resulted in him returning.

This news stings on multiple fronts. Slay is truly one of the league's best at his position, earning five Pro Bowl nods (and one First Team All-Pro selection) over the past six seasons. He'd immediately form an intimidating duo alongside Marlon Humphrey, bolstering a defense that was one of the worst against the pass in 2022.

It's also gutting to hear this considering how rough free agency has been for Baltimore. While Jackson's rift with the organization seems to grow, the team has seen key contributors like Ben Powers and Calais Campbell walk this offseason.

Nelson Agholor is the most notable signing to speak of so far, highlighting a lackluster showing in free agency from the front office. Slay would've been an addition to truly generate some excitement and help the team's contender aspirations. Instead, they're only left to wonder about what-ifs.

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