Ideal Free Agents For The Ravens At Positions Of Need

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Phil Gentile

RB - Dexter McCluster (played for the Chiefs in 2013)

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Is he really a running back? Or is he a receiver? Who knows. What I do know is McCluster is the ideal pickup for the Ravens. A versatile playmaker that would give Joe Flacco a sneaky weapon out of the slot and a potential replacement for Jacoby Jones.

WR - Hakeem Nicks (played for the Giants in 2013)

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Recently Nicks stated publicly that he was open to a one-year deal with a team once free agency starts. That's music to my ears from a 26 year old receiver with plently left in the tank. Nicks has tons of potential but injuries and inconsistency has delayed that potential. In the right offense he could be a huge bargain.

OT - Eugene Monroe (played for the Ravens in 2013)

Nothing wrong with a familiar face right? With Branden Albert, Anthony Collins, and Jared Veldheer already linked to other teams on the eve of free agency it could mean Monroe's options are limited. An offseason here in Baltimore getting on the same page with his teammates is just want the five year pro needs.

DE - Jason Babin (played for the Jaguars in 2013)

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I've always been a big fan of Babin. He's a high motor guy that has a proven track record as a pass rusher in the NFL. After voiding the final two years of his contract in Jacksonville, it's apparent that playing for a contender is more important than getting a huge payday for Babin. Put it this way......did fans in Baltimore ever think we would land Elvis Dumervil this time last year? Exactly.

ILB - Brandon Spikes (played for the Patriots in 2013)

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Spikes' numbers are deceiving. Since entering the league in 2010, Spikes has rated as one of the top four linebackers against the run, according to Pro Football Focus’ rating system, and placed first each of the last two years. While he is not a pass rusher, Spikes would be a great addition to a defense that wasn't able to get off the field on 3rd downs last season.

FS - T.J. Ward (played for the Browns in 2013)

Before you start storming the comment section I know Ward has typically played strong safety and that's a role Matt Elam will likely fill in 2014 and beyond. However, at 27 years old Ward proved to be a defensive leader for an improving Browns defense and would form an impressive duo in the Ravens secondary. He finished with 112 tackles in 2013.

next up:

Free Agent Outlook: Eugene Monroe

March 10, 2014

Will Monroe's stellar play last season cost the Ravens too much money to resign?


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