After rumors spreading the other day about Shareece Wright and the Ravens closing on a new deal, the rumor mill can end here.
We have re-signed CB Shareece Wright to a 3-year contract: https://t.co/uf26ngvXuL pic.twitter.com/DOxzaRvGgv— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 7, 2016
Well, the Baltimore Ravens have now made it official.
Now do remember this is a good signing by the Ravens, regardless of the terrible opener against the San Francisco 49ers. Wright slowly became a better cornerback during the back half of the season.
Wright is not a ball-hawking pick machine, and fans need to know this now rather than later. In his five seasons in the NFL Wright only has one interception to his name. The man showed he can cover receivers well, and that stability is what the Ravens need across from Wright's childhood friend Jimmy Smith. I'm absolutely okay with this as well, because the Ravens need to stop throwing the Chykie Brown's of the world out there. The hope is that the team will add a high upside corner on the first 2 days of the draft this year, and Wright's presence enables the rookie to develop at his own pace.
The terms of the deal are now being reported, and while it feels a bit high, we won't know until we see the structure what the cap implications are:
Shareece Wright deal a 3-year, $16M max deal with $5M guaranteed and $4M signing bonus, per @JosinaAnderson #Ravens— Brian Bower (@sportguyRSR) March 7, 2016
I'm actually excited about the new deal, although the terms are a bit more than expected. But with a healthy Terrell Suggs, re-juvenated Elvis Dumervil, and a sophomore Za'Darius Smith in the line-up for Baltimore's pass rush, Shareece & Jimmy Smith won't be covering wide-outs for 5+ seconds anymore, at least not every play.
Some seem to forget both factors in the Ravens down season, as the pass rush couldn't get there fast enough with bad corners, but the corners can't cover forever with a bad pass rush. Back and forth until the Ravens truly weren't doing well. So hopefully this is the start, along with the return from injury of Terrell Suggs, to rebuilding the defense for 2016 and beyond in both phases of the defense.