As free agency approaches in March, the Ravens have plenty of needs, but also have a history of not spending wildly on the open market. Here are five free agents the Ravens could really use, but who won’t end up in Baltimore:
S Eric Berry, Chiefs
His return to the NFL after battling cancer was one of the season’s great stories. But it might take a contract averaging around $10 million per season to sign Berry, who is still in his prime at age 27. The Ravens wouldn’t venture into the high-rent district to bid for Berry, even though he would clearly be their best safety since Ed Reed departed.
LT Cordy Glenn, Bills
If the Ravens lose offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele in free agency, and decide they want to part with left tackle Eugene Monroe, Glenn could be a solid replacement. Only 27 years old, Glenn has been the Bills’ starting left tackle since his rookie season in 2012. However Monroe stills has three years remaining on his five-year, $37.5 million contract. Cutting Monroe would create $2.1 million in cap room, but it would also create $6.6 million in dead money. My guess is that Monroe returns, and that the Ravens hope he remains healthy following two injury-plagued seasons.
WR, Alshon Jeffery, Bears
He would solve the Ravens’ need for another playmaker, and Jeffery played for Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman when he was the Bears’ head coach. However, expect the Bears to use the franchise tag on Jeffery if they can’t sign him to a long-term deal.
OLB Von Miller, Broncos
Miller’s relentless pressure on Tom Brady during the AFC Championship game helped the Broncos reach the Super Bowl. Regardless off the outcome of Super Bowl 50, there’s no way Broncos honcho John Elway lets Miller free. He’s simply too valuable and the Broncos have the franchise tag option to use. The Broncos already lost one premier pass rusher, Elvis Dumervil, to the Ravens three years ago. History won’t repeat itself.
DE, Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants
Pierre-Paul was still trying to adjust last season, dealing with the impact of a hand injury suffered in a fireworks accident. Whether Pierre-Paul becomes one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers again remains to be seen. While it's not impossible that Pierre-Paul could be a Ravens target, the feeling around league circles is that the Giants, who also need pass rushers, will do what it takes to keep him.
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