Saints wide receiver Willie Snead is visiting with the Ravens. The question is, would Snead be a good fit for Baltimore?
Snead is a restricted free agent for New Orleans, meaning that any offer the Ravens made to Snead could be matched by the Saints. General manager Ozzie Newsome meant it when he said Baltimore’s receiving corps could look a lot different next season, and adding Snead would further demonstrate that.
Snead, 25, is coming off of a disappointing season in which he was suspended three games for a DUI. Snead recorded a measly eight receptions for 92 yards and zero touchdowns. He also dealt with a hamstring injury that sidelined him for a couple of weeks. Time missed and a much reduced role in New Orleans’ offense all played a factor into his worst season as a pro.
Snead’s first two years with the Saints were much different. As an undrafted rookie in 2014, Snead would finally see the field with New Orleans in 2015, where he had 69 catches for 984 yards and three touchdowns. In 2016, he had 72 catches for 895 yards and four touchdowns. At 25-years old, Snead still has potential to grow.
Adding Snead would mean the Ravens would have one less spot on the roster for one of their more unproven receivers. If Baltimore is serious about rebuilding their receiving corps, and take at least two receivers in the draft, then receivers like Tim White, Quincy Adeboyejo or even Breshad Perriman could be pushed out, simply for a lack of roster spots at the position. At this point though, shouldn’t the Ravens take a proven player like Snead over someone like White or Adeboyejo?
Snead did have future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees throwing to him with the Saints, but he could still be a productive receiver for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco as well. While Snead doesn’t possess blazing speed, he could be a reliable target for Flacco. Pairing Snead with Crabtree, Brown and two rookies could provide Baltimore with a much-improved receiving corps from 2017.