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Should the Ravens Target Gerald McCoy?

May 21, 2019 - 9:12 am
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By Joe Schiller 

After reportedly trying to find a trade partner over the last two months, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and defensive lineman Gerald McCoy have agreed to mutually part ways. 

McCoy will officially become an unrestricted free agent today at 4 p.m. and he'll have plenty of suitors. 

One of those teams could be the Ravens. McCoy, a six-time Pro Bowler, is one of the most disruptive interior defensive lineman in the game. He's totaled at least six sacks in the past six seasons, but at 31-years-old, I'm not sure the move makes sense for Baltimore. 

Signing McCoy wouldn't follow Eric DeCosta's offseason M-O. The first year general manager has targeted low-risk, high-reward free agent signings on cheaper contracts (Ex: Seth Roberts, Shane Ray, and Pernell McPhee. McCoy was owed $13 million this season before being released. 

The Ravens saw Brent Urban depart in free agency, but there's not an immediate need on the defensive line. It's a crowded depth chart, led by Michael Pierce, Brandon Williams, and Willie Henry up front. Not to mention, I'd like to see the possibility of a talented undrafted rookie like Gerald Willis added to the mix. 

There's a need to replace pass rush inside lost by Za'Darius Smith and Urban, but Pernell McPhee and Jaylon Ferguson could help offset it. 

Russell Street Report's Ken McKusick offered a strong point that a potential signing would sacrifice the roster spot for a younger player like Chris Wormley or Zach Sieler. That may not be something the Ravens are ready to do just yet, especially for a 31-year-old veteran. 

McCoy is an extremely talented player, but the Ravens certainly aren't the only team in the mix. Contenders with more cap space like the Cleveland Browns or Dallas Cowboys could make a much more intruiging offer. 

From what we've seen this offseason, DeCosta and the front office have followed a plan. I'm not sure McCoy makes sense given the price tag he'll command and the competition the Ravens will fight against.