Compared to what people are typically used to, the Ravens have been pretty active when it comes to free agency this offseason, particularly over the past several weeks. Now, heading into the few dark news weeks of the year for the NFL, it appears that new general manager Eric DeCosta may not be done making additions to this roster:
Free agent LB Vincent Rey visited and worked out for Ravens on Tuesday. Rey has been a core special teams player with the Bengals for the past nine seasons and can back up at every linebacker spot.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) June 26, 2019
Baltimore should be pretty familiar with Rey, who spent the better part of the last decade with the division rival Bengals. In Cincinnati, Rey showcased his versatility as a reserve linebacker and special teamer as Jamison Hensley points out above. This would definitely be an interesting signing if it were to take place, and is yet another signal that DeCosta is just never comfortable sitting on his laurels when it comes to the team’s roster.
As for how Rey fits into the picture, there definitely is an opportunity for him to grab a spot within the linebacking rotation given some of the uncertainty at some of those positions. PFF grades him out as just below average on their metrics. While obviously isn’t ideal, he’d be competing for snaps against some relatively unproven guys, which may even out in the wash.
His value as a special teamer would also be beneficial, as a John Harbaugh-coached team can never have enough of those guys. It’s hard to quantify him individually, but Cincy’s special teams graded out at 7th overall in DVOA in 2018, which speaks for itself as pretty solid.
We’ll have more for you on this as more updates come along, but for now, sound off in the comments below on your thoughts on a potential signing.