The Eagles released wide receiver Riley Cooper after six years on the team, in the third year of a five-year, $25 million contract. Traditionally, he's the kind of player that the Ravens tend to go after in free agency; a veteran who was released by his previous team, one that the Ravens can get for cheap. But Cooper isn't a receiver that the Ravens should target this year.
Cooper is a household name, but that's mainly for his infamous incident in 2013 where he used a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert. But even moving past Cooper's lack of racial sensitivity and musical taste, his on-field production isn't worth it either. In six years, Cooper has 169 receptions for 2,418 yards and 18 touchdowns. 47 of those catches, 835 of those yards, and eight of those touchdowns came in 2013, where he was pushed into the #2 wide receiver when Jeremy Maclin was hurt and Chip Kelly's system was still new. Almost a fourth of Cooper's receptions and a third of his yards and touchdowns came in one year.
The Ravens might like to get receivers that were released, but at least they get guys like Shannon Sharpe, Derrick Mason, and Steve Smith, who have a long history of being productive, instead of troublesome one year wonders like Cooper. Kamar Aiken is a better receiver in my opinion and if the Ravens were going to spend money on a cheap receiver, I'd prefer them to go after a guy like Jermaine Kearse, Mohamed Sanu, or Rishard Matthews. It'd be a better use of money.