While addressing the media on Friday, February 2, Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti made a statement that should leave fans happy.
“I think you can be assured that the majority of our attention will be on offense this year,” Bisciotti said.
In regards to the Ravens’ salary cap outlook for this season, Bisciotti said, “We’ll do what we have to do to fill our roster through the draft and through free agency. We’ve got some money and we can create more.” He added, “I think that we can make a splash and help us on the way to getting our offense clicking better.”
The Ravens are expected to create cap space by cutting several veterans such as Jeremy Maclin, Lardarius Webb, and Danny Woodhead, among others. Bisciotti alluded to restructuring contracts for proven players like Brandon Williams’ to free up money this year as well. This would allow them to pursue one of the top wide receivers on the market, possibly Jarvis Landry or Allen Robinson. Re-signing center Ryan Jensen would become an easier task as well.
Some notable impending free agent pass catchers the Ravens could target in addition to Landry and Robinson are Jimmy Graham, Terrelle Pryor, Sammy Watkins, Marqise Lee, Jordan Matthews, Paul Richardson, Donte Moncrief, Taylor Gabriel, and Tyler Eifert.
These are only some of the names to be on the lookout for. Of course, these players won’t hit the open market if they reach deals with their current teams before free agency begins, but there should still be plenty of help for the Ravens available.
This year’s wide receiver class in the upcoming draft is deep, and the Ravens could snag multiple rookies at the position who could be immediate upgrades. Someone like Calvin Ridley from Alabama would be a dream pick in the first round, as his route running is among the best in the class, and he is widely viewed as the most ‘NFL ready’ receiver. There are several tight ends Baltimore could target on Day 2, if available, such as Mark Andrews, Dallas Goedert, Mike Gesicki, and Hayden Hurst.
The Ravens have a real opportunity to reinvent they offense and bring some excitement to Baltimore this off-season. Let’s hope they are as serious about it as Bisciotti indicated.