Commerce Targets Earlier than NFL Commerce Deadline
The NFL commerce deadline is tomorrow at 4 pm, and with Ravens Normal Supervisor Eric DeCosta being a proponent of trades, The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec thought of the attainable commerce choices for the Ravens.
Earlier than doing so, Zrebiec famous the Ravens’ cap state of affairs. Baltimore already made a pair big-name free-agent additions with Jason Pierre-Paul and DeSean Jackson.
“Based on the NFL Gamers Affiliation wage cap report, the Ravens are working with simply over $3 million of cap area,” Zrebiec wrote. “That may actually restrict what DeCosta and Co. can do, though there are methods to make a deal work on either side. The Ravens additionally aren’t anticipated to be awarded any compensatory picks for the 2023 draft, that means they do not have the draft capital they’ve had in previous years.”
Zrebiec listed his trades into three classes, with the most-likely choices underneath “Proper participant, proper value?”
Brandin Cooks, WR, Texans: “The speedy, but diminutive wideout has already been traded thrice in his profession. It would not be all that shocking if it occurred once more within the coming days,” Zrebiec wrote. “The Texans aren’t on the verge of competition, and their basic supervisor Nick Caserio is a forward-thinking decision-maker. Cooks has two years left on his contract with a base wage of $18 million in 2023 and $13 million in 2024, in order that poses some challenges. It is robust, although, to dispute the manufacturing. The 29-year-old has had over 1,000 receiving yards in six of his final seven seasons.”
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Broncos: “Of all of the receivers being bandied about earlier than the commerce deadline, Jeudy may take advantage of sense for the Ravens,” Zrebiec wrote. “The 2020 first-round decide is a big-play receiver who has one other 12 months remaining on his rookie contract. The Broncos have already got fairly a bit invested of their receiver room, and it has not produced good outcomes. Jeudy and Lamar Jackson are additionally good pals, so maybe he’d welcome a transfer to Baltimore to play in an offense that is not thought to be broad receiver-friendly. The price for Jeudy might not be far more than a Day 2 decide at this level.”
Zrebiec additionally listed some star gamers underneath a class deemed “Does not harm to dream,” together with Carolina Panthers outdoors linebacker Brian Burns and broad receiver DJ Moore, Denver Broncos outdoors linebacker Bradley Chubb and, curiously, Pittsburgh Steelers broad receiver Chase Claypool.
Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers: “The Ravens and Steelers have discovered a compromise on two trades earlier than, but it surely does not appear seemingly on this case,” Zrebiec wrote. “One, it is from a lock that the Steelers will commerce the broad receiver who continues to be underneath contract by means of subsequent season. And two, do you actually assume in the event that they did they’d be all that comfy sending him to Baltimore, particularly when the 2 groups meet twice over the ultimate month of the season?”
Ravens Are the ‘Crew to Beat within the AFC North’
After defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, the Ravens (5-3) assured they’d find yourself in first place or tied for first within the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals by the top of Week 8. The Ravens’ win sparked ESPN’s Jay Williams to ask Max Kellerman if the Ravens are the crew to beat within the AFC North on their podcast Keyshawn, JWill & Max.
“It is precisely the identical as when the season began,” Kellerman stated. “Come on, sober evaluation says the Steelers weren’t going to win the division. The Browns weren’t going to win the division as a result of they did not get Deshaun [Watson] till late within the season. It was going to return right down to the Ravens due to two issues. Lamar Jackson and [Head Coach John] Harbaugh. You bought an awesome quarterback and an awesome coach collectively, they’re often within the combine. And the Bengals, who got here one play from profitable the Tremendous Bowl final 12 months as a result of they’re loaded.”
Williams agreed and expressed how he feels good about how the Ravens have progressed and what lies on the horizon.
“Look, on the finish of the day I feel Lamar Jackson and firm are going to be [in the playoffs]. The protection regarded higher [on Thursday], it is continued to progress in the appropriate path. Additionally, as a Giants fan, let’s bear in mind [Defensive Coordinator Don] ‘Wink’ Martindale was there for a really very long time. So, we discuss in regards to the Pats, we speak about ‘hey, properly they’ve a brand new OC and numerous their offensive scheming has modified.’ Nicely, that is the identical for Baltimore with that protection already being depleted and now attempting to revamp round that. So, I feel they’re trending in the appropriate path. It is not going to occur in a single day.”
NBC Sports activities’ Peter King additionally has the Ravens because the highest-rated crew within the AFC North, ranked No. 9 and one spot above the Bengals in his mid-season examine in.
“The Mark Andrews shoulder harm is regarding, however Lamar Jackson loves various rookie Isaiah Doubtless,” King wrote. “Here is an edge: None of Ravens’ subsequent eight foes are over .500.”
Ravens Ranked No. 1 For ‘Deepest NFL Roster’
All through the 2022 offseason, the Ravens made a concerted effort so as to add each high-end expertise and stock-pile depth. These additions, together with quite a few gamers getting back from final season harm, have ESPN’s Aaron Schatz rating the Ravens No. 1 for deepest NFL roster.
“One of the simplest ways to establish the standard of depth on the Ravens’ roster is to notice what number of video games the crew has received over the previous couple of years regardless of a ton of accidents,” Schatz wrote. “(Final 12 months, the Ravens set a file in Soccer Outsiders’ adjusted video games misplaced metric, and they might have set that file even in a 16-game season.) The Ravens have already needed to dig into their depth this season with gamers similar to JK Dobbins and Kyle Fuller on injured reserve, plus edge rushers Tyus Bowser and David Ojabo lacking at the very least the primary half of the season.”
Together with profitable video games, Schatz pointed to clear areas of depth on the offense and protection.
“The offensive line has high quality backups, together with Patrick Mekari and Ben Cleveland. The Ravens beat the Patriots a few weeks in the past regardless of being pressured to make use of a fourth string left deal with and fourth-round rookie Daniel Faalele,” Schatz wrote. “The cornerback depth contains Brandon Stephens, who was a beginning security half of final 12 months, and fourth-round rookies Damarion Williams and Jalyn Armour-Davis. Malik Harrison by no means fairly labored out as a beginning linebacker, however he makes for good depth, as does veteran AJ Klein. Jason Pierre-Paul is a second-string edge rusher for this crew.”
There could also be a correlation to boasting a deep roster and being profitable as the highest 5 deepest groups on Schatz’ listing (Ravens, Payments, Eagles, Patriots, Cowboys) are a mixed 28-10, whereas the thinnest 5 groups (Rams, Cardinals , Giants, Panthers, Vikings) are 20-18.