On Friday afternoon, the Ravens signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal. As a result of that signing, Baltimore should heavily consider re-signing Mike Wallace.
Crabtree gives the Ravens the type of player they needed on offense. A possession receiver who is a monster in the red zone. Crabtree has scored 25 touchdowns over the past three seasons, including three in a single game against Baltimore in 2016. The Ravens have found their possession receiver, now they should think about bringing back their deep threat.
While Baltimore signed wide receiver John Brown as well, who is known as a speedy receiver, it is unknown if he will click with the Ravens’ offense and bounce back after two down years in Arizona. Brown comes with injury concerns as well. Re-signing veteran receiver Mike Wallace to pair with Crabtree could be a smart move by Baltimore.
Wallace has built a rapport with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco over the last two seasons. In 2017, Wallace was the only threat the Ravens had in the receiving game, which meant the opponents would give extra attention to him. Defenses having to account for Crabtree and Brown could help Wallace tremendously. This could free him up for man-on-man coverage, which he could take advantage of with his downfield speed. Crabtree and Wallace on the outside with Brown in the slot could be a great improvement for a Baltimore offense which looked downright pathetic at times last season.
The Ravens definitely need to get younger at the wide receiver position, but re-signing Wallace along with the additions of Crabtree and Brown would mean any receiver that Baltimore selects in the draft wouldn’t be expected to produce immediately and could be groomed into the offense.
There seems to be little buzz around Wallace since free agency began. Soon to be 32-years old, this isn’t surprising for the deep-threat receiver. The Ravens could probably re-sign Wallace for a cheap, possibly to a one-year deal. It could be a smaller signing that pays off big time for Baltimore in the 2018 season.