As we head closer to the start of OTA’s, free agents who are still available are at the point of desperately searching for a new team and settling for low-risk contracts. The Baltimore Ravens and general manager Ozzie Newsome have done some good work over the years bringing in players during this time period such as Daryl Smith, Vonta Leach, and Bryant McKinnie. One former Raven has already found a home and another could be joining him.
Baltimore released Austin Howard a few months ago, and then proceeded to draft Orlando Brown Jr. The rookie will be in the mix for the starting right tackle spot in 2018, previously held by Howard. The former Raven signed with the Indianapolis Colts a few days ago, and now another Baltimore free agent took a visit to Indianapolis today, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
As Rapoport stated, West previously took a visit to the Philadelphia Eagles. The problem with Philadelphia for West is their running back unit is rather set up, making it tough for the former Towson alumni to make the roster. In Indianapolis, however, he could have a shot to make the roster. The Colts have Marlon Mack, but lost Frank Gore in free agency to the Miami Dolphins. In the draft, the Colts double-dipped at the position by taking Nyheim Hines in the fourth round and Jordan Wilkins in the fifth round, respectively.
West contributed well for the Ravens in 2015 and 2016, and had his best season two years ago as the starting running back by rushing for 774 yards and five touchdowns. West unfortunately was hampered and limited in 2017 thanks to an injury, while only playing in five games. He also watched as Alex Collins took the lead as Baltimore’s starting running back. West is looking for his fourth team in four years, and Indianapolis could be a nice fit for him as a third running back after Mack and Hines.