With the start of the new league year and the beginning of free agency kicking off on March 9th, upcoming free agents will start to garner more and more interest as the market starts to clear itself out. Especially when teams are currently talking to each other during the NFL Scouting Combine. One of the big free agents hitting the open market will be Baltimore Ravens right tackle Ricky Wagner. While the Ravens would absolutely love to have the big man back, it sounds that it truly will be an uphill battle to retain Wagner the closer we get to Thursday.
NFL.com's Mike Garafolo has reported that Ricky Wagner will "blow the lid" off the right tackle market and he is garnering lots of interest. Currently, the two highest paid right tackles in the league are the Green Bay Packers Bryan Bulaga and the Philadelphia Eagles Lane Johnson. Bulaga is being paid a $6.75 million salary and Johnson has a $11.252 million salary. However, Johnson and the Eagles agreed he would move to left tackle at some point after the deal was signed.
At the combine, John Harbaugh expressed that they would like to keep Wagner, but if what Garafolo reported is true, the cost may be too much for the Ravens to keep him. Which would mean Baltimore would have to go to plan B when it comes to completing their offensive line. One of the options available would be to move current left guard Alex Lewis to right tackle and fill in the left guard spot instead.
Either way, losing Wagner would be a huge loss because he is a more important piece to the puzzle than Brandon Williams is. Wagner would help make a Ravens offensive line that already features Lewis, Ronnie Stanley and Marshal Yanda, into one of the best in the league for years to come. Re-signing Wagner would also make Newsome's job easier because all that would be left to fill on the offensive line is the center position.
We'll find out soon enough if Wagner's time in a Ravens uniform really is over. In the meantime, if Wagner leaves, what would you like to see Ozzie Newsome do for a plan B?