The Ravens brought Sammy Watkins into Baltimore for a free agent visit on Tuesday. The veteran wide receiver left without signing a contract is now scheduled to meet with the Indianapolis Colts today.
Usually, a player visiting a team and leaving without agreeing to a deal may not bode well for the chances of him signing. However, the Ravens reportedly had a “good visit” with Watkins and are in fact interested in locking him up, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Baltimore had a “good visit” with Chiefs’ free-agent Sammy Watkins and is interested in signing him, per source, however the WR is in Indianapolis today visiting the Colts.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2021
If Watkins also leaves his visit with the Colts today without a contract, it could increase the likelihood that the Ravens land him. It’s also possible that he could meet with another team or two this week and weigh his options before making a decision. Either way, the Ravens clearly aren’t the only suitor for the 2019 Super Bowl champion.
What happens with Watkins could have a big impact on the Ravens’ strategy heading into the draft next month. If they can sign him, that may lower or remove the need to draft a receiver in the first two rounds. It could also keep them from looking to acquire a wideout on the the trade market.
If they don’t sign Watkins, however, they’d certainly be more likely to explore either of the options listed above. Frankly, it’d almost be a necessity given the current state of the team’s wide receiver room. There aren’t too many options remaining on the free agent market.
Keep it locked in here on Baltimore Beatdown for the latest updates surrounding the Ravens’ pursuit of Watkins.