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Free Agency or NFL Draft?

What route should Baltimore go heading into 2018 season?

April 04, 2018 - 12:59 pm

By Austin Medina

The NFL offseason has seen many teams get better, though the trend of the “rich getting richer” has overwhelmed the league.

New England wide receiver Brandin Cooks was traded to the Los Angeles Rams along with a fourth-round pick in exchange for a first-round pick and sixth-round pick. The Rams have made huge moves, acquiring veteran stars to improve an already solid team.

After winning the NFC West, the Rams have added cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. All three of these players have All-Pro talent and are added muscle to an already elite defense that has AP Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. Now they have added a number one receiver in Cooks.

The trade took the league by storm as Cooks was traded yet again for a first-round pick. Cooks had success in his first season with the Patriots and still was traded for a first-round pick, just like the year prior.

As the Rams have added more fuel via talent, the Patriots are going a different direction. Adding draft capital and not holding on to overpaid players is the route New England has chosen.

For our Ravens, it’s tough to say if either one of these directions would make sense. Baltimore can’t afford to lose much talent, especially on the offensive end. Their cap space isn’t ideal to take the Rams approach either.

Securing talent and adding through the draft is pivotal for the Ravens to be successful next season and ideally make the playoffs. They haven’t made it since 2014.