The Baltimore Ravens announced that they will not sign DE Michael Brockers after the two parties reportedly came to an agreement for a three-year deal worth up to $30 million. There was cause for concern over an ankle injury that Brockers suffered last season. This concern was raised by an independent physician who performed a physical on Brockers. With the state of the country and world at the moment, Baltimore’s doctors were unable to check the condition of the ankle which eventually led to the initial deal falling through.
The Ravens will not sign Michael Brockers as previously reported after being unable to come to an agreement on terms of a contract.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 27, 2020
Brockers returned to the Los Angeles Rams on a three-year deal with a max value of $31.5 million, similar to his reported deal with the Ravens.
Details on the deal that DL Michael Brockers will sign with the #Rams: 3 years, $24M base value with a max value of $31.5M, sources say. In the incentive package, $4.5M is based on playing time and he should earn it if he stays healthy. He hasn’t missed a game since 2017.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 27, 2020
Reports earlier this week indicated that Baltimore was interested in DT Ndamukong Suh before he re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Ravens now have a hole on the defensive line after losing DT Michael Pierce in free agency and trading DE Chris Wormley to the Pittsburgh Steelers. A hole that Brockers was set to fill.
Baltimore has several options to address the need in free agency. DE Shelby Harris is a potential fit. Harris, 29-years old, had his best season in 2019 with the Denver Broncos as he recorded 49 tackles and six sacks. DE Everson Griffen is another potential target. Griffen has a career total of 74.5 sacks and finished last season with eight. Griffen may be undersized as a DE for a 3-4 scheme, however, weighing just over 270 pounds at 6’3”.
Other available defensive linemen include Damon “Snacks” Harrison, Derek Wolfe, Mike Daniels, and former Raven Timmy Jernigan. Baltimore also has the opportunity to address the defensive line in the draft with one of their seven picks in the first four rounds. Expect GM Eric DeCosta to add at least one more body to the rotation before the draft, however.