On the morning of July 26, 2016, the Atlanta Falcons released Devin Hester. Hester is the second receiver the Falcons have released this offseason. Back in March, the Falcons let go of Roddy White who had been with the team for 11 years. Both Hester and White are players who were formerly stars but both are getting up there in terms of age.
Yet, both Hester and White aren't seeing their release as the end of the road. They have both said that they want don't want to retire and that they want to play for a contender. So should the Ravens try to bring either to Baltimore?
The Ravens have a history of signing aging veterans that were cut by their teams, take Steve Smith or Elvis Dumervil as examples. But in this case, the Ravens should deviate from their typical offseason gameplan, and leave White and Hester alone. The absolute last thing the Ravens need is more receivers.
There already is a tight competition for roster spots at the wide receiver position, and adding one or both of the former Falcons means that a player that might have made the roster in Keenan Reynolds or Michael Campanaro, might not have a shot anymore.
Hester’s value may be only as a returner, but the Ravens already have Reynolds and Campanaro competing to be the returner. Both Reynolds and Campanaro are younger than Hester, and both provide much more upside than Hester can at this stage of his career.
Between Reynolds and Campanaro, one of them isn't making the roster anyway, despite the fact that both are very good players, and it seems unnecessary to add another player to the competition, especially one on the back nine of their career.
Adding White doesn't make any sense. White doesn't bring anything new to the receiving core. Plus, like Hester, White would be another unnecessary add to an already fierce wide receiver competition.
There is no denying that Roddy White and Devin Hester are great players, but they aren't players that the Ravens need, and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome should leave them alone.