Thirty-three days until the official league-tampering period begins and all football fans besides the Philadelphia Eagles are ready for the ensuing chaos. As for Ravens fans, there’s both excitement and worry. One of their best players, Ryan Jensen, is capable of hitting the market with a price tag just above the Ravens’ wallet.
C Ryan Jensen
A product of the Ravens O-line factory, Jensen went from good to great; Unfortunately, Ryan produced a strong enough season for other NFL teams to notice. While the Ravens may handle the loss of Jensen with Matt Skura, most fans would much rather watch Ryan Jensen protect Joe Flacco at all costs.
WR Jarvis Landry
The biggest affordable receiver on the Ravens’ market, though the word, ‘affordable’ isn’t a certainty. Landry is ready for the big payday a receiver always catches after their rookie deal. The Ravens have the money for an above-average contract, but certainly can’t play ball if he’s asking for money in the $10-12 million per year range.
WR Mike Wallace
Though wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was the big signing last season to ‘push the Ravens’ offense to new heights’, Mike Wallace was the man actually producing. Fans aren’t certain whether or not they want Wallace back, but they all know there isn’t a receiver on this roster right now they trust outside of the 31-year-old.
RT James Hurst
For seasons now, Hurst has been the cause of much grief for fans. He’s played poorly. Now though, Hurst turned it around, just in time for a shiny new contract. I expect the Ravens will let him walk, but if he wants to return for a better-than-fair deal, I certainly don’t see Ozzie saying no.
WR Sammy Watkins
I don’t suspect the Ravens are taking a big look at Sammy, but he was second only to Jarvis Landry in touchdowns, for free agent receivers. Jared Goff’s incredible resurgence was highly due to Coach of the Year, Sean McVay, but Watkins ability played a great factor. If Joe has a big target, he can force-feed passes their way. We’ve seen it with Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin.
The Ravens are in need of offensive talent. Certainly a pass-catching playmaker, and also better blocking up front. It’s time for Joe Flacco to reap the benefits of talent being bought for his well-being.