Three Potential Free Agent Bargains For The RavensPosted on March 14, 2014 by Gordon McGuinness
With the first few days of free agency already fading into the distance, the Ravens have so far just managed to re-sign three of their own free agents in Eugene Monroe, Dennis Pitta and Jacoby Jones. That's not enough for a team that spluttered their way to an 8-8 record and needs to get better, but with Steve Smith looking likely to sign tomorrow, it's important that the Ravens make smart, affordable signings to fill the positions that are left as holes on the roster. So, with that in mind, who are the players that could fill those needs without breaking the bank?
Free Safety - Usama Young
The Ravens haven't been shy about their desire to add a free safety to pair with Matt Elam, and allow last season's first round draft pick to play closer to the line of scrimmage, a role that seems perfect for him. Young has bounced around the league, spending time in New Orleans, Cleveland and Oakland and is one of a small selection of free agents remaining who would be a viable starter at free safety.
Wide Receiver - Jerricho Cotchery
A player from the Pittsburgh Steelers? Not something that people like to hear, but Cotchery has been a very good receiver for the Steelers over the past two years, despite having to wait until this year to see an increase in targets. I viable red zone threat who can play from the slot, Cotchery uses his body to shield from defenders well and has fairly reliable hands. Even with Smith coming in, the Ravens will still have room to improve at the position, and Cotchery can be a solid complementary receiver at a relatively small cost.
Right Tackle - Ryan Harris
The Ravens have already addressed the left tackle spot by ensuring Monroe went nowhere, but they still have to address the rest of the offensive line. That means adding either a left guard or right tackle, with Kelechi Osemele capable of filling whichever spot is left vacant. Former Houston Texans right tackle Harris makes a lot of sense here, coming off an injury and having only been a rotational player so far in his career. But he has experience with new Ravens offensive co-ordinator Gary Kubiak as his head coach in Houston, and comes with experience in a zone blocking scheme.