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Three potential NFL trade deadline moves for Baltimore Ravens

10/22/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

With the NFL trade deadline approaching the Baltimore Ravens will have a new headache to address after Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis, both key defensive leaders and Pro-Bowlers were recently ruled out of the season due to injuries.
 
However, Baltimore Ravens defense has looked vulnerable against pass and run games even with Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis.
 
Moreover, with Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata also sidelined, the Baltimore desperately need to address their dwindling depth chart.
 
While all these departments need extensive makeovers, NFL teams don’t tend to make big moves during the trade deadline. Another viable option includes the release of overused player in turn for draft picks.
 
However, if the Baltimore Ravens become active during the NFL trade deadline, the following moves may pop up over the next two weeks.
 
Trade Away Bryant McKinnie
Now a backup to Michael Oher, Bryant McKinnie is past his glory days at left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. While Michael Oher has visibly struggled at the spot, the starting job appears safe in his clutches for now.
 
At 33-years old, Bryant McKinnie isn’t even a practical option at filling in at the starting spot in case of injures. Furthermore, the Baltimore Ravens could save the $1 million they’re offering Bryant McKinnie (who’s on a $2 million restructured contract), in terms of incentives if he takes 50 percent offensive snaps this season.
 
Bryant McKinnie can most probably fit in with the Arizona Cardinals who’ve sustained injuries to both their starting quarterback and two running backs.
 
Trade for Ashlee Palmer
With Ray Lewis injured, the Baltimore Ravens are testing unproven talent at middle linebacker which includes the likes of Dannell Ellerbe and Jameel McClain. But the Baltimore Ravens need a plan B incase Dannell Ellerbe or Jameel McClain, or find someone suitable for even starting a few games if the duo struggles.
 
The Detroit Lions have an wealth in linebackers with only seven players signed to the roster. The Baltimore Ravens could probably find a trade in Ashlee Palmer, who boasts 87 career tackles and one sack, starting only five games for the Detroit Lions (all in the 2010 season). Besides, the Detroit Lions wouldn’t have a lot of money invested in the 2009 draft pick.
 
Trade for Mike Jenkins
Lardarius Webb's season-ending ACL injury quite rightly means the end of the Baltimore Raven’s secondary. With Jimmy Smith and Cary Williams starting in the secondary and the Baltimore Ravens still surrounded by doubts regarding their consistency as cornerbacks, it might not be a bad idea to look for a proven veteran who can also start.
 
 The Dallas Cowboys have posted a solid passing defense this season and Mike Jenkins, who is no longer starting for the team could prove to the Baltimore Ravens’ solution.
 
While Mike Jenkins has the proper athleticism he Is frequently exposed to punishment but that can alter with a change in scheme alongside the Baltimore Ravens.
 
Although he’s seen limited action this season( 2 tackles), Mike Jenkins has posted at least one intercept each of his prior seasons and has potential of growth with a Pro Bowl appearance under his belt.
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