Happy Tuesday, Ravens Nation! I hope you all are having terrific days, as I know I am! I am on my way to Charlotte, NC as you read this, so I will be taking a little vacation! I hope you guys enjoy this week's edition of the mailbag! Let's get started!
Q1: In your opinion, should the Ravens have kept Anquan Boldin and Ed Reed? - Chris Chrystal
In my opinion, no. I think the front office made very good executive decisions when dealing with these two. The Ravens couldn't afford either of them, so they decided to let them go. They offered Boldin a contract extension/pay cut, but he didn't take it, forcing them to trade him. Granted, they could have attempted to get more than a low draft pick for him, but I do believe they made the right decision there.
Boldin is 32, while Reed is 34. Both of them could have productive seasons, as they did last year, but there was no point. We wanted to get younger, so that's why we got rid of them also. Having younger receivers like Smith, Doss, Thompson, etc. will be better for the future of this team. Having younger safeties like Matt Elam and James Ihedigbo will also be more beneficial to the Ravens' future.
Getting rid of Boldin and Reed broke a lot of Ravens' fans' hearts, but it was for the good of the team. Remember, Ozzie didn't even attempt to sign Reed back, so there may have been a good reason for that. One that we might not ever know, unless it's for the same reasons I listed above.
Q2: Next year, should we pursue another corner? Somebody like Darrelle Revis? - Chris Chrystal
I don't think so. Although, I don't know how great our CB's will do this year. If Brown, Smith, Graham, and Webb all work out like they are projected to, they could be a dangerous set of CB's for years to come, making it unnecessary to grab any big name CB's.
Of course, if the CB's this season don't work out, the Ravens might have to explore free agency hard next season. I, like the rest of Ravens' fans, am hoping that the CB corps works out this year, because they are crucial if the Ravens want to repeat as Super Bowl Champions again this year.
Q3: Do you think that the NFL should hold TWO pre-season games instead of its current FOUR? - Chris Chrystal
In the email you sent me, you made some good points.
- Teams would have less time to see our plays and figure out their strategy against us.
- There is less of a chance that players will get hurt, since there are two less games.