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Could the Ravens Target Trades in the Secondary?

June 17, 2019 - 9:19 am
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By Joe Schiller

Despite free agent losses on the defensive side of the ball, the Ravens feature a loaded secondary heading into the 2019 NFL season. 

This shouldn't be much of a surprise. The Ravens currently have the third-most money committed to the defensive backfield in 2019 ($50.9 million).

At one of the most important positions on the football field, it's a luxury to have that depth, but it makes roster math that much more difficult when determining the 53-man roster. 

How many defensive backs will the Ravens take on the 53-man roster? Most pundits project the magic number to be 11 but don't count out more. The Ravens took 12 at the start of the 2016 season.

But no matter the number, players are going to be released. And in the Ravens' case, they could be in danger of losing key role players just through the numbers game. 

That got me thinking: Could the Ravens target trades to compensate for the players they could potentially lose?

I certainly don't think it's out of the realm of possibility and here are three names you should keep an eye on: 

S Chuck Clark 

Chuck Clark served as a critical contributor in the secondary down the final stretch of the regular season as Tony Jefferson nursed an ankle injury. Clark totaled 21 tackles and one interception in two starts and served as one of the Ravens' top special teams players. 

With Earl Thomas and Tony Jefferson penciled in as the starters and DeShon Elliott emerging as a player who could warrant playing time, Clark’s roster spot could be expendable.

CB Maurice Canady

Canady missed the start of the 2018 season on injured reserve and had limited contributions in seven games. 

A defender who has shown ability to play in the slot and on the outside, Canady’s versatility could warrant interest from other teams.

CB Terrell Bonds 

After making a brief appearance in the AAF, Bonds has emerged as one of the standouts in mandatory minicamp.

If the Ravens, who have a strong track record with undrafted defensive backs, feel Bonds is good enough to make the 53-man roster, so could other teams.