I think we can all agree the Ravens have exceeded everyone's expectations and are now a legit contender to not only make the playoffs, but win a game or two. I think we can also agree that the most glaring hole on this team is a big play WR. Derrick Mason is playing at a Pro Bowl level, but to reach our full potential in Cam's offense, we need a strong, fast, big play receiver to pair next to him. While Todd Heap helped fill that role somewhat in the past, he has been a non factor in the passing game this year. Although we most likely will not make any additions until the off season, there is a chance Ozzie could decide that we are close enough to compete for a Super Bowl, and that he will explore adding a stud WR to put us over the top.
The main candidate for an in season trade would be Roy Williams of the Lions. Due to the firing of Matt Millen, it is likely the Lions will enter a rebuilding process, again. It is doubtful that Roy would be willing to waste the prime of his career toiling for a crap team, and due to his free agent status at the end of the year, he will probably be suting up for someone other then Detroit in 2009, regardless. Since they will most likely lose him anyway, the Lions would be wise to explore potential trades in order to get a return on one of their top two assets (The other is Calvin Johnson who is not going anywhere).
The question then becomes, Do we want Roy Williams this year, and what are we willing to give up to get him?
To answer the first question... Of course the Ravens would want Roy Williams, but only at our price. He is a very talented, young WR with great size, although he does have a lengthy injury history which has kept him from becoming a top tier wideout in the NFL. He is 6ft 3in and 211lbs and runs a blazing 4.37 forty yard dash, with a 39.5" vertical. That is pretty impressive, especially paired with his in game highlights, as Roy has been known to make a spectacular catch or two.
The second question is a bit trickier... While we would like to improve the roster now, we cannot mortgage the future, especially with a rookie QB and Head Coach. In essence we would be bidding against the Cowboys, among other teams. I don't think Ozzie would be willing to part with as much as Dallas might be, which would make this trade tough to pull off. Short of giving up draft picks, (I would give up a second rounder, but not a first) the Lions might want Bart Scott or Terrell Suggs, since both will also be free agents at seasons end, and it looks as though the Ravens will not be able to keep both. I would never consider trading Suggs due to his age, talent, and production. Before the season I would have listened to an offer for Bart, as the Ravens will most likely not be able to retain his services this off season, when they hopefully resign Suggs. After watching 3 games, and seeing the Bart Scott of 2006 return, I would lean toward not making this deal. Scott is back to his Pro Bowl ways, running all over the field, pressuring the QB, and laying bone crushing hits onto opposing RB's. On the other hand, he is two years older the Roy Williams, we have Nick Greison and Tavares Gooden to step in at LB, and there is a good chance we will lose Bart in the off season anyway. Why not get something for him?
To be truthful, I would have to watch a few more games to make my final decison on any trade whether it be for picks, prospects, or Scott. As of now I'd lean toward trying to sign Boldin or Williams after the season. One thing is certain though... The need for a big play WR is clear in Cam's offense.
Do you think the Ravens are close enough to explore dealing for a player such a Williams? Or would you rather stand pat and try to pickup a WR in the offseason?