The NFL trade deadline is approaching and the Baltimore Ravens joined the fray, trading for RB Ty Montgomery.
I'm told Ty Montgomery has been traded to the #Ravens, per source.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) October 30, 2018
Ravens are trading a 7th-round pick in 2020 draft to Packers for Ty Montgomery, per source. Packers clearly wanted to move on, and so did Montgomery.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2018
This is an interesting pick up for the Ravens. In the Packers system, he was a running back and wide receiver. Ty functioned in and out of both roles, with decent success. But with the production of RB Aaron Jones in recent weeks, Green Bay no longer needed Montgomery’s services.
This is also a move for another kick return prospect. He’s been the Packers’ leading return man in 2018. Unfortunately, his last play for Green Bay was a lost fumble and a game-sealing turnover for the perfect Los Angeles Rams.
I’m not sure how much this moves the needle, if any, but Baltimore still needs a consistent return specialist.
This move also may show the Ravens lack of confidence in their current running back stable. Kenneth Dixon still isn’t healthy and hasn’t contributed. Javorius Allen has been consistent but lacking explosion and Alex Collins can’t find room to run behind a porous offensive line. Maybe Montgomery’s addition will provide more options in the short-yard passing game the Ravens and Flacco love to utilize.
At the price tag of a 2020 seventh-round selection, I’m sold. It’s hard to land a contributor with a seventh-round pick, so one-year rental of Montgomery before his pending free agency in 2019 is fine by me. If he plays well enough, Baltimore will find the money to keep him around as a returner, tailback, or both.