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Should the Ravens Trade for Desean Jackson?

June 29, 2018 - 10:40 am
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By Austin Medina  

On a new article posted on Bleacher Report, Brad Gagnon made an intriguing trade opportunity for the Baltimore Ravens.

Gagnon laid the potential trade for Buccaneers receiver Desean Jackson. To get Jackson would probably cost a third-round pick, but with the latest controversy with Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, the Bucs may have a fire sale.

Jackson is a speedy receiver who has had more success than the majority of receivers on Baltimore’s roster. In 2017, Jackson caught 50 passes for 668 yards and three touchdowns.

It important to point out that the Ravens have done a lot this offseason to provide weapons for quarterback Joe Flacco. They weren't done adding as there was a report that Dez Bryant turned down an offer from the Ravens. Does Baltimore still have interest in adding a big-name receiver?

The article points to both Willie Snead and John Brown’s drop in production over the past season, yet I’d contend it was due in large part to injury.

Brown only started in five games last season and played in just 10 games. Still, he caught three touchdowns and will continue to be a deep-range threat.

As for Snead, he started just seven games and his targets dropped immensely. In 2015 and 2016, Snead was targeted 101 and 104 times respectively. In 2017, he was targeted just 16 times. With the appropriate looks, Snead can thrive in this new offense.

As interesting as it appears, I don’t think the Ravens should pursue Jackson. The 31-year old has seen his best days and the players already brought in should spark the offense enough this upcoming season. With more mouths to feed, it’s hard to keep everyone happy. Flacco should have enough on his plate and adding Jackson would be too much to embrace.