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Ravens options at CB

Aside from the option known as "doing nothing" I looked around to try to ascertain what the teams options are via trade, cuts, and free agency, and who our potential targets could be.  Outside of the ludicrous Gaither for Nnamdi Asomugha, and Pacman Jones (risky), the options in free agency are an array of supposedly over-the-hill veteran cornerbacks.  I assume if any of them are in shape to help us, that would be the easiest option, and Ozzie will just sign one, especially since we really only need help for less than half a season (hopefully no more than 4 games).  These veterans include Dre Bly, Mike McKenzie, Ken Lucas, Ty Law, Deshea Townsend, Nick Harper, Anthony Henry, William James, Walt Harris, and RFA Tramon Williams.  The rest of the FA are no better than the CB we all love to hate, Frank Walker, who is also still available.  Out of those options I would think McKenzie or Lucas are the best of the bunch, but I have truthfully not seen most of them play in a while.

Another option would be via trade.  One player who I think would be a good target for us is Ronde Barber.  As a veteran still playing at a high level, we would probably have to give up an asset for him, but TB is rebuilding and might be willing to move him if the right offer came along.  I do not know what the asking price would be, but if it was a 3rd rounder I think we would have to jump at the opportunity.  He would shore up greatly our one weakness, and make us the AFC favorites (or maybe 2nd after Indy).

A team that has a wealth of cornerbacks is Green Bay, a team that would match up well with us in a trade.  They have Al Harris coming off an injury, along with Charles Woodson, who is still playing at a high level, Tramon Williams, who filled in well for Harris, and Jarrett Bush, who we were very interested in 2 years ago before we ended up signing Chris Carr, and Will Blackmon, who had a great 2008 but was injured last year.  They have guys with question marks, but they could possibly be had for a reasonable price.  The other reason they could be a good match is that their biggest need is LOLB.   We have plenty of those (LB), and with the addition of Kindle, we can afford to trade a guy like Antwan Barnes, who has showed solid flashes, but never been on the field enough to do serious damage.  Or a guy like Jameel McClain, who has also shown flashes.  Both are going to lose serious playing time to Kindle, making an already crowded situation more crowded.  These are the best assets we have to move, and I am sure they will not both be with us by week 1.  All GB has at the position are their 7th round pick from last year, who played solidly over most of last season, and an undrafted FA.  They could use a boost in their pass rush.

Cuts is hard to predict, and I trolled the internet looking for articles predicting some of the cuts, but to no avail.  You would have to look through the teams and see who seems overpaid, and I don't feel like expending the effort right now, but feel free to look and add your 2 cents.

Article: http://www.baltimoreravens.com/News/Articles/2010/04/Top_FA_Cornerbacks_on_the_Market.aspx

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