The Ravens are not doing so hot this season. With the fellow cellar dwellers being rumored to be in a fire-sale mode and putting their players on the trade block, it makes you wonder if and when the Ravens will do the same. At 1-6, the Ravens have no real shot at getting into the playoffs and have much better odds of picking first in the draft than they do of seeing the postseason.
With the Ravens right up against the cap this season and next year looking better, but still close, the Ravens could gain draft picks this season and free up some cap room by trading some of their players away. This is a team that has done it in the past, most recently with Haloti Ngata when he refused to work his cap number down and get a deal that would allow him to retire a Raven, so this is a team that isn't afraid of shedding good players if it helps them.
The trade deadline is November 3rd, so the Ravens will need to move fast if they plan on putting any players out there on the NFL flea market.
Steve Smith Sr. - Wide receiver
This has been discussed plenty already and while both the Ravens and Steve Smith say that it won't happen, the Ravens could trade Senior to a contender and likely get a mid-round pick in exchange. He's gone at the end of the season anyway if he does plan on retiring and there are more than enough teams out there that would like to have a guy on pace for around 1500 yards receiving to help get them over the hump. Just imagine a New England Patriots team with Senior added to the mix?
Daryl Smith - Inside Linebacker
Daryl Smith has done well for the Baltimore Ravens since he came over after his tenure as a Jacksonville Jaguar. The Ravens got him cheap because he was getting older (31 at the time) and he had some injuries. He signed a 4-year $16.1 million contract with the Ravens after the 2013 NFL season, yet has begun a slide into mediocrity this season. He looks slower and is at the tail end of his career. Meanwhile, the Ravens do have young players behind Smith in Arthur Brown, Zachary Orr, and Albert McClellan that could fill in for the remainder of the season and possibly even further if necessary. It helps that the Ravens do have C.J. Mosley, their first round pick from last season as the other inside linebacker to help fill the void if the Ravens do make a move. The best part is that trading Smith will free up roughly $2.5 million in the 2016 salary cap and could net the Ravens a 5th round pick if the right party is interested.
Lardarius Webb - Cornerback
The secondary has sucked this season, so few people could see a team being interested in a Baltimore Ravens cornerback. However, Lardarius Webb has had his good times in the past and has done significantly better in the slot position than he was on the outside. While not a star player by any means any longer, he does have veteran leadership and the ability to do well in a nickle corner role. For that matter, he could also be a punt returner for a team in need of that as well. The Ravens are expected to cut Webb at the end of the season anyway, so someone trading for him would get the benefit of the rest of this season as well as ensuring he is on your team in 2016. The Ravens would end up saving $3.5 million either way and they could snag a late round conditional pick from a team that need a little extra secondary help this season and beyond.
Maxx Williams - Tight End
No doubt that this is the sleeper pick of all picks to be honest as the Ravens just drafted him in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, after moving up to grab him. However, when you look at how things have gone, Crockett Gillmore has shown up in a big way for the Ravens and looks to be the number 1 tight end for a while. Meanwhile fellow rookie Nick Boyle is blocking well and catching the ball well. In Williams' absence due to injury, Boyle looks like he might be gaining the confidence of quarterback Joe Flacco. The Ravens would probably want a second round pick back for Williams, which would be hard to swing, but it could make sense for a team that needs a big bodied tight end that is still growing into his body and into the speed of the game.
*Note: This could also work for Nick Boyle as well if the Ravens like the upside of Williams more.
Eugene Monroe - Left Tackle
Monroe has spent most of this season injured, which is a follow up to the previous season where he was mostly injured. However, Monroe is only 28 years old and can be a pretty good left tackle when healthy and motivated. A change of scenery helped him do well in his time in Baltimore and I think another could see him live up to his potential again. The Ravens could save roughly $2.1 million by trading him and replace him with either James Hurst or slide someone over in order to put John Urschel into a guard or center position. The Ravens traded a 4th and a 5th rounder for him in 2013, so I'd imagine the same general trade deal to go down again.
Jeremy Zuttah - Center
It's pretty rare that a team would either trade their center or trade for a center in the middle of the season, but who knows. Jeremy Zuttah is not the greatest center in the world, but he's relatively cheap and dependable. Teamed up with a good set of guards or put into a zone blocking scheme and you have a solid option for an offensive line looking for help or the start of a rebuild. The Ravens would save $2.5 million on him in 2016 and could likely get a 4th or 5th rounder for him in exchange. The Denver Broncos with Gary Kubiak could be the perfect fit for him, allowing the Ravens to put John Urschel into his spot instead.
Who are some players that you could see the Ravens trading? Even some players you just would trade if you were Ozzie Newsome? What would you want in exchange? Tell us in the comments.