The Baltimore Ravens have been heavily at work this off-season to reconstruct a wide receiver room that has been a disappointment over the last several seasons. General manager Ozzie Newsome was able to sign John Brown and Michael Crabtree to bolster the group, but he made it clear that he is not done.
The Ravens are still searching the market for tight ends and wide receivers. The team had interest in tight end Eric Ebron before he signed with the Indianapolis Colts, and now they are exploring the restricted free agent market. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New Orleans Saints restricted free agent Willie Snead is visiting the Ravens today.
Saints’ restricted free agent WR Willie Snead is visiting the Ravens today, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2018
This is certainty interesting and another example of Newsome’s strategy to try and get quarterback Joe Flacco some weapons. In the past Snead was a productive weapon for Drew Brees, but was a non-factor last season as he missed five games, three due to a suspension, and only caught 8 receptions for 92 yards in 2017. He also dealt with hamstring injuries.
However prior to 2017, Snead tallied 141 receptions for 1,879 yards, and 7 touchdowns combined over two seasons in New Orleans and was a huge threat on third down. At just 25 years old, Snead has untapped upside. Moreover, he is a low tender restricted free agent and no draft pick compensation would be involved. If Baltimore wants him, they will have to agree to an offer sheet and wait to see if the Saints match it within the five day window. If New Orleans doesn’t, Baltimore will depend on Snead reverting back to his 2015 and 2016 form and providing them with another weapon for Joe Flacco.