The starting right tackle job is Rick Wagner's to lose. Wagner, a fifth-round pick in 2013, played sparingly last season and as primarily used in goal-line jumbo packages.
With Michael Oher inking a four-year, $20 million contract to be with the Tennessee Titans, a replacement is needed and Wagner is currently the best option. Some of it may be lip service, but Ravens assistant general manger Eric DeCosta praised Wagner during a public event earlier this off season.
Personally, I'm hoping that the only reason the Ravens haven't signed Eric Winston is because they don't want to kill Wagner's confidence heading into training camp. Even if the Ravens think Wagner could be considered a long-term option at tackle, they need to add depth.
I'm sorry, but a second-year center-turned-tackle with zero regular season snaps (Ryan Jensen) and Jah Reid (only mentioned because he's still on the 90-man roster) don't really give me enough confidence that someone can step in if Wagner were to get hurt during the season.
The Ravens need depth and adding someone like Winston couldn't hurt.
If you're Winston, Baltimore has to be an attractive spot because there is a lack of competition for the starting job and he'd be stepping into an offensive system he's already familiar with having played for offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak for six seasons in Houston.
Winston is currently the president of the NFL Players Association and likely would look to have some sort of position with the league once he officially hangs up his cleats. Now that he's bounced between the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals the past two seasons and currently has yet to sign with a team prior to training camp, why not give Baltimore a shot?
It certainly makes sense for Winston and it should be a no-brainer deal for the Ravens. Even if Wagner is as good as the front office/coaches are saying, you can't believe he'll ever be as durable as Winston, who has set the standard for durability in the trenches.
Since 2007, Winston hasn't missed a game. Absolutely impressive.
If Wagner were to go down, the duo of Jensen and Reid will not only have Ravens fans wishing Oher was still on the team, but it'll have Joe Flacco running for his life once again.