Entering the offseason, the Baltimore Ravens will be in the market for weapons and playmakers, looking out for wide receivers and tight ends in an effort to bolster the offense and help quarterback Joe Flacco. Another offensive position that it seems Baltimore could be looking at, interestingly enough, is running back.
Running back is maybe one of the positions Baltimore is set at, entering 2018 with Alex Collins, Javorius Allen, Danny Woodhead, and the returning Kenneth Dixon. Woodhead could be released this offseason, but when he was on the field, he showed why the Ravens signed him. Collins emerged as a potential feature back in the league and Allen had a solid rebounding season after being held out the majority of 2016.
The questions come with Woodhead and Dixon, especially the former 2016 fourth-round pick who was suspended last March, then suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee while training, missing the 2017 campaign. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Baltimore is possibly looking at a savvy veteran once again at the position in the form of Frank Gore.
Rapoport reported on Thursday at the combine, that the Ravens and Cleveland Browns were among the possible suitors for the veteran running back after it was announced that the Indianapolis Colts wouldn't be retaining him. Gore spent three seasons in Indianapolis, notching 1,000 yards in 2016, and came close to doing it in 2015 and last season with 967 and 961 yards, respectively. Gore scored 13 rushing touchdowns in Indianapolis as well.
Gore will be 35-years old in May, and reaching the twilight of his career, but he is still showing that he has gas left in the tank. The Ravens met the Colts in a Saturday afternoon Week 16 game in Baltimore, in which Gore rushed 17 times for 68 yards and a receiving touchdown in the Ravens 23-16 win.
Gore being a possible target for Baltimore is rather interesting with the situation they already have. In a way, Collins is the kind of running back that Gore is and the Ravens have Allen to help offset that with his own style. A style that might’ve made Woodhead expendable. Dixon, despite a lost 2017, showed a lot of promise during his rookie campaign. We will have to see where the future Hall of Famer will land once free agency begins. If he heads to the Ravens, it could make a good running back unit even deeper.