In the wake of yesterday’s Orlando Brown Jr. trade, the Ravens’ contigency plan at right tackle is beginning to take shape. They met with Alejando Villanueva earlier this week and are “confident” they can get a deal done with the former Steelers offensive tackle.
They appear to have their eye on another former rival, too. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted on Saturday afternoon that the Ravens are scheduled to meet with Dennis Kelly —
After trading OT Orlando Brown, the Ravens are scheduled to visit this weekend with former Titans’ OT Dennis Kelly, per source. Baltimore also has met with Steelers’ free-agent OT Alejandro Villanueva.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2021
Kelly, 31, is an eight-year veteran and has played the past five seasons of his career in Tennessee. He was a backup for most his tenure but started all 16 games for the Titans this past season at right tackle. In over 1,000 snaps, he allowed zero sacks and was penalized twice, earning a PPF grade of 65.9.
Kelly was Like Villanueva, Kelly brings experience and versatility to the table. His ability as a swing tackle would make him an attractive option, so it’s not surprising to see the Ravens are interested.
The Ravens are not set to sign any additional free agents until after the draft so they can maintain their compensatory pick formula. However, they’re evidently not sitting on their hands and are keeping their options open.
Whether or not they target an offensive tackle in the first few rounds of the draft could prelude their thinking with signing either Villanueva or Kelly. They could also double-up at the position by signing either player in addition to drafting someone. Either way, the Ravens’ news front is shaping up to be extremely active over the coming days and weeks.
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