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In-Depth Look at Upcoming Ravens Offensive Free Agents

January 10, 2019 - 10:07 pm
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By Austin Medina 

The Ravens have a lot to be proud of following their 23-17 loss to the Chargers in the Wild Card round last week. Although the game wasn’t pretty, specifically the offense, Baltimore finished the regular season red hot and went on to win the AFC North.

With a solid season under their belt, the Ravens should look to hit the ground running in 2019. The Ravens upcoming season garners a lot of hope, as another year for star rookies can only help the team.

As we look for a promising 2019 season, we must look at upcoming offensive free agents the Ravens have to make a decision on.

There are a total of 19 free agents, including 10 unrestricted free agents. Offensively, Baltimore has twelve free agents they will have to make a decision on. 

John Brown: Brown’s season started off fast with quarterback Joe Flacco. Brown’s deep-ball threat and use of speed easily matched the big arm of Flacco. But when the Ravens chose run-first Lamar Jackson as the quarterback, Brown’s production saw a dip. Overall he led the Ravens with over 700 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Baltimore should bring back Brown to help mold Jackson’s development as a passer and keep speed on the edge.

Gus Edwards: As mentioned above, the Ravens should look toward Edwards as a part of their long-term plan. When paired up with Jackson, Edwards’ production seemed surreal. In just six starts, he led the Ravens with 718 rushing yards while averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

Javorius “Buck” Allen: Although Allen is a fan-favorite, the only way he should return to the Ravens is on a small contract. The Ravens should look to resign Gus Edwards and may be able to go after a big-time running back, such as Leveon Bell? Allen may suit up for a new team come training camp.

Ty Montgomery: When the Ravens traded a seventh round pick for Montgomery, many believe he would be a game-changer in the run game as well as special teams. Montgomery provided underwhelming production in limited reps, losing time to both Edwards and Kenneth Dixon. It may have been a wasted seventh round pick, but I would be shocked if Baltimore brings him back.

The Ravens will keep center Matt Skura, who is a restricted free agent. As for running back Alex Collins, the Ravens should look to move on. With backs such as Edwards and Dixon stepping up at the end of the season, Collins may have played his last game with Baltimore.

The Ravens have a big question on which tight end to bring back. With two rookie tight ends practically assured a spot on the 53-man roster, two tight ends have murky future’s ahead with Baltimore.

Maxx Williams: the former second-round pick provides a rezone threat for Jackson and solid blocking technique. Baltimore should hold on to Williams.

Nick Boyle: Like Williams, Boyle provided solid reps for Baltimore in the blocking game as well as limited receiving. However Boyle’s two drug-policy violations as well as injuries should have him on the outside looking in. Look for Baltimore to let Boyle walk in 2019.

Robert Griffin III: With Joe Flacco likely to be cut or traded, the Ravens will need to have a backup quarterback for Lamar Jackson. It will be interesting to see if the Ravens look for a late-round draft pick to back up Jackson or if they stick with Griffin III. Moreover, Griffin III may get a better offer from a different team which would put the Ravens in a predicament. Baltimore should look to retain Griffin III, even for just one more season.

Do you agree with the Ravens should keep and who they should let go? Which player(s) do you disagree with?

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