Let's Go Shopping For A Cornerback!!Posted on August 19, 2014 by Phil Gentile
Unlike the dominate rushing teams of previous decades, football in 2014 is dominated by offenses that throw the pigskin early and often. Therefore, having a deep secondary is almost mandatory in today's NFL. Unfortunately the Ravens decided to not address the cornerback position despite losing Corey Graham, their INT leader, via free agency. Now with Lardarius Webb still suffering from a back injury and Jimmy Smith banged up against the Cowboys, the lack of depth on the Ravens roster is evident. Luckily, Ozzie Newsome is one of the best in the NFL at finding talent for cheap. Lets look at some available options at possibly the most important position in football.
Quentin Jammer (2013 team: Denver Broncos)
A former first round pick, Jammer had a forgettable year in Denver after playing for the division rival Chargers for a decade. He is 35 years old now and hasn't really gotten much interest from teams this offseason despite the season starting in less than three weeks. There is no way to know how much he's got left in the tank but a vet minimum contract would be a low-risk option, especially with the injuries plaguing the Ravens thus far.
Dunta Robinson (2013 team: Kansas City Chiefs)
Released by the Chiefs back in February, Robinson is fairly young compared to some of the names on this list. He's more known for his punishing helmet-to-helmet hits rather than his defensive skills so I'd almost rather take a chance on some of the young guys in camp like Deji Olatoye or Sammy Seamster.
Asante Samuel (2013 team: Atlanta Falcons)
There was a point when Samuel was known as one of the top five cornerbacks in the NFL. Sadly those days are long gone. Cut by the Falcons back in February, Samuel hasn't gotten many phone calls this offseason and could eventually retire if a team doesn't give him a call. Still I could see a training camp injury getting him a job and prolonging his career for another year. He ranked 58th in 2013 among all cornerbacks, according to Pro Football Focus.
Potential Trades/Training Camp Cuts
Jarrett Bush (currently with the Green Bay Packers)
Despite the Packers re-signing Bush to a three year contract in the offseason I added his name to this list because of the depth at cornerback on the Green Bay roster. The Packers are talking about using him in their dime package or special teams but I'm sure a draft pick could persuade Green Bay GM Ted Thompson to part with the nine year veteran.
Morris Claiborne (currently with the Dallas Cowboys)
Listed as the Cowboys nickel cornerback, the 6th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft has been a huge disappointment thus far. The recent suspension of Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick, however, could persuade Dallas to hold onto Claiborne. He ranked 88th in 2013 among all cornerbacks, according to Pro Football Focus.
Patrick Robinson (currently with the New Orleans Saints)
Usually a guy recovering from knee surgery is not ideal but the Ravens are desperate. Robinson was the No. 32 overall pick from Florida State in the 2010 NFL draft and has played one full season as an NFL starter during his career. With signing Champ Bailey and drafting Stanley Jean-Baptiste they could be looking to deal Robinson to save some cap space.