After picking up key WR additions so far in the off-season, I think that there is only one more key addition the Baltimore Ravens need to grab in the off-season to complete their WR corps. T.O. you say? No. The answer is simple: Antonio Bryant.
Antonio Bryant has been a consistent producer for teams during their times of woe. Take a look at the list of teams he has played for and you will see that Bryant has managed to play for every team during their worst seasons of the 00's and still has managed to get good numbers.
Antonio Bryant should be a free agency steal too! Granted, that since having signed the league minimum in 2008 has has shown that he can still produce in an unlikely environment, the Ravens could still sign him for a moderately low price. This would keep the salary cap open for other areas that need to be addressed (CB, S, DL, TE) either in free agency or in the draft. And, with the rules that have been set forward regarding the cap-less year for teams in the "top eight," he shouldn't impact our future drafts significantly.
Its true that Bryant has a bit of a troubled past with his drug history and unhappiness with coaching, but when you look at his consistency in the receiving game he would be a solid target for QB Joe Flacco. He has good speed and would stretch the field as a good streaking WR as a secondary WR. If the Ravens were to acquire him that I believe the teams depth chart would look something like this:
- Primary WR 1: Anquan Boldin
- Primary WR 2: Antonio Bryant
- Secondary WR 1: Derrick Mason/ Donte Stallworth
- Secondary WR 2: Donté Stallworth/ Mark Clayton/ Derrick Mason
It would be understandable to push WR Derrick Mason down to backup for the primary/ secondary as his body appears to be catching up with his age. This would be assuming that the Ravens did decide to keep Mason as a WR option. If the Ravens were to retain Mason under this scenario I would then assume that they would either release Mark Clayton or use him as possible trade bait to grab a viable corner.
So grab him while you can Baltimore, with the threat of our RB game combined with these key additions Coach John Harbaugh and QB Joe Flacco will have plenty of chances to lead their team to victory.