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Ravens Just Missed Out on Yet Another Top Free Agent Wide Receiver

Jason Schandl
Baltimore Ravens missed out on free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Baltimore Ravens missed out on free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown. / Bryan Bennett/Getty Images

In Lamar Jackson's two years as starting quarterback, the Baltimore Ravens haven't had a wide receiver catch even 60 passes in a single season. And this isn't on Lamar, either. His top options have been the oft-injured and unproven Marquise Brown and journeyman Willie Snead.

But with a loaded free agent class that promised to include Allen Robinson, Kenny Golladay and JuJu Smith-Schuster, among others, Ravens fans had some hope this offseason.

But Robinson received the franchise tag. Golladay signed elsewhere. JuJu didn't want to play in Baltimore. Even T.Y. Hilton slipped through the Ravens' grasp.

Now add Antonio Brown to the list of promising free agent wideouts the Ravens failed to bring in.

Brown reportedly had some interest in playing for the Ravens before he ultimately signed with the Bucs last year, so it's not like they couldn't have been in contention to sign him.

With that in mind, seeing that $3.1 million salary has to really frustrate Ravens fans.

Did Brown take a discount to stay in Tampa and help keep the Super Bowl roster intact? Probably, but the Ravens rank in the top-10 in the NFL for available cap space, and they surely could have afforded to add a couple million to that number to try and lure Brown away.

Lamar Jackson is a special talent, but the Ravens refuse to get him the supporting cast he needs to truly take this offense to the next level.

FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL Draft odds have wide receiver as the most likely position for the Ravens' first draft pick on Thursday, but at +170 that's far from a lock.

Ravens fans aren't going to be happy if the team continues to neglect the position.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.