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Exploring Trade Deadline Options for the Baltimore Ravens

October 26, 2018 - 12:49 pm

By Joe Schiller

The NFL trade deadline officially ends on Tuesday, October 30. Big names such as Amari Cooper, Carlos Hyde, and Damon Harrison have found new teams and reports continue to swirl surrounding a number of players

The Baltimore Ravens haven’t been rumored to be either buyers or sellers at the 4 p.m. deadline, but trades can never be counted out.

At 4-3, the Ravens have areas of need and the front office always seems keen on acquiring draft picks. Here are some possible candidates they could potentially acquire or deal with in the coming days.


Trade For:

LeSean McCoy

The Buffalo Bills are in complete shambles this season and their current state relies on 35-year-old Derek Anderson. LeSean McCoy has battled injuries this season but has been given no favors with a shotty offensive line and no help around him.

McCoy isn’t a downfield runner, but a shifty back that could provide a dual threat in not only the run game but a thriving pass game in Baltimore. Joe Flacco loves to check down to players out of the backfield and McCoy is one who could turn a two or three yard gain into 20 or 30. He would be an interesting complement to Alex Collins. 

Jordan Howard

Howard likely won’t be traded by the Bears but he’s a player I’d love to see on the Ravens. After back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, he’s been seldom used. Tarik Cohen has been the feature back in Matt Nagy’s offense and is a logical fit for that system going forward. 

Howard is only 23-years-old, on the third year of his rookie contract and could immediately provide an impact. The cost could be high, pick but in retrospect, it’s worth the price tag. 

The Ravens run game has left much to be desired this season. They rank 24th with an average of 96 yards per game and Alex Collins has yet to amass over 68 yards in a game. 

Trade Away:

Robert Griffin III

It’s almost easy to forget RGIII is on the 53-man roster. The Ravens chose to carry three quarterbacks this season and as expected, Griffin has yet to be activated through seven weeks. It has been Joe Flacco as the starter and Lamar Jackson as the backup. 

With quarterback injuries and inconsistencies, there’s a need for depth at the position year in and year out. While Griffin isn’t an ideal starting option, a team like the San Francisco 49ers could be an ideal fit. Jimmy Garoppolo is recovering from a torn ACL and Griffin would be paired with former offensive coordinator in Kyle Shanahan. 


Za’Darius Smith

Za’Darius Smith’s stock is at an all-time high. He’s on pace to post a career-high sack total and is set to become a free agent this offseason once his rookie contract expires. 

The Ravens generally aren't a team that gives out large free agent contracts. We've seen them let offensive lineman like Rick Wagner, Kelechi Osemele and Ryan Jensen walk, along with players on the defensive side of the ball. 

And Because C.J. Mosley’s contract also ends after the season, Smith is likely going to get paid elsewhere.

If he could be flipped for a mid-round draft pick, the Ravens could consider it and get value for a player that's likely not going to be in Baltimore next season– especially with the depth they already have at pass rush.