In their quest to improve their secondary, the Ravens will monitor veteran cornerbacks who might be salary cap casualties.
The Ravens could use a high draft pick on a corner, which would lessen the need to add a veteran.
But while it's all speculative at this point, here are three veteran corners the Ravens might consider if they become cap casualties either before the draft, or after June 1, in cases where the cap relief would be greater:
Cortez Allen, Steelers
Why he could be cut: Allen played just one game in 2015 due to a knee injury, and he hasn’t lived up to the four-year, $24.6 million extension he signed in 2014.
Why the Ravens could have interest: Allen is still only 27 years old, and he could help the Ravens if he recaptured his 2012 form, when he forced five turnovers. He also has the size (6-foot-1) to matchup with talent receivers. At the very least, you know Allen would be stoked to face the Steelers twice a year.
Brandon Carr, Cowboys
Why he could be cut: Carr hasn’t lived up to the five-year, $50.1 million deal he signed in 2012. He has 14 career interceptions, but none since 2013.
Why the Ravens could have interest: Carr has never missed a game in eight seasons, and the Ravens have had major injury issues at cornerback. Carr’s durability alone could make him valuable.
Antonio Cromartie, Jets
Why he could be cut: Releasing Cromartie would free up around $8 million in cap space for the Jets, and he will turn 32 years old in April.
Why the Ravens could have interest: Cromartie is a playmaker with 31 career interceptions, and the Ravens need to force far more turnovers than they did in 2015. Even at this stage of his career, Cromartie would bring a dimension the Ravens don’t have.
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