Report: Ravens could add veteran depth at receiver
The Baltimore Ravens could be facing a similar scenario after trading Anaquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers this offseason has seemingly resulted in depleted veteran depth across the receiving corps. While publically the Ravens have expressed confidence in the potential of their talented young wide receivers such as Tandon Doss, Deonte Thompson, Tommy Streeter, David Reed and LaQuan Williams, the team brass could still be looking for some insurance at the position.
General manager Ozzie Newsome recently indicated in an interview with ESPN's John Clayton that team “could use a veteran receiver.”
At this point, the top free agent wide receivers on the market are Brandon Lloyd, Laurent Robinson and Austin Collie. However, each of them had their own downside which has contributed to the lack of serious interest from other teams this offseason.
Judging by Newsome’s history, he will likely give the young wide receivers an opportunity to impress the coaching staff before addressing the position through a trade if all there is no on-hand solution.
Newsome orchestrated the trade that brought Anquan Boldin to Baltimore in 2010 by shipping a third and fourth-round pick in that year’s draft to the Arizona Cardinals. The following year, Newsome traded fourth-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for wide receiver Lee Evans.
However, finding an agreeable trade this offseason could be a bit of a challenge for the Ravens. They were unwilling to pay Boldin’s $6 million salary; so why would the Ravens agree to take on bloated contracts of mediocre receivers such as Nate Washington or Robert Meachem? While a Santonio Holmes trade would be received differently if the Jets were willing pick up part of the tab, the eight-year wide receiver is expected to eventually join the team for training camp following Lisfranc surgery.
The Ravens still have the idea in their head of going after a veteran receiver, throughout offseason. But such a move cannot be immediately expected, at least not until they have explored all other options.