In what has become an offseason defined by somewhat of a roster makeover, the Ravens saw another free agent sign with a new team this afternoon, as running back Ty Montgomery agreed to terms with the Jets on a one-year deal.
Jets are signing former Packers’ RB Ty Montgomery to a one-year deal, per source. Montgomery expected to be the back to Le’Veon Bell.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 11, 2019
The Ravens acquired Montgomery from the Green Bay Packers just before last season’s trade deadline, giving up a 2020 7th-round draft pick in exchange. In six games with Baltimore, Montgomery rushed 15 times for 83 yards, while also catching 10 passes for 65 yards.
Montgomery didn’t see many opportunities behind Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon on the depth chart, although he did jump Javorius Allen in the pecking order upon arriving in Baltimore. While Montgomery didn’t put up lofty numbers during his stint with the Ravens, some thought the team would look to re-sign him for depth purposes.
Montgomery also brings some value as a return man on special teams, as well as a receiving threat out of the backfield. He’s solid in pass protection, too. The acquisition of Mark Ingram, however, mitigates most of what the Ravens lose in Montgomery’s departure.
Along with Montgomery, the Jets also poached former Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley, who they signed to a record-breaking contract early in free agency. On top of that, they ousted the Ravens in the sweepstakes for running back Le’Veon Bell, whom Montgomery will now backup in New York.
The NFL has yet to release the official regular season schedule for 2019-20, but we know the Ravens will play host to New York at some point in the year. Given these moves they’ve made in free agency, it will certainly be an interesting matchup when the Jets come to town.