With the signing of free agent cornerback Jerraud Powers on Friday, the Ravens continued to revamp their roster. Here are five reasons why signing Powers made sense:
1. Powers brings more depth to a position where the Ravens need it.
The Ravens drafted two corners, Tavon Young (fourth round) and Maurice Canady (sixth round), but depending on either to have a significant role next season is risky. With Shareece Wright and Kyle Arrington already on the roster, Powers gives the Ravens another veteran corner to join a crowded group competing for playing time opposite Jimmy Smith.
2. Injuries have hit the Ravens hard at corner the past few seasons.
Will Davis is coming off a torn ACL suffered last year, and Smith recently had bone chips removed from his foot. Both are expected to return healthy, but considering the Ravens’ many injuries at this position in recent years, there is no such thing as having too many cornerbacks.
3. The timing of Powers’ signing was good.
By signing Powers after the end of the compensatory pick period on May 12, the Ravens are still in line to get a compensatory pick in 2017 for losing guard Kelechi Osemele during free agency.
4. Powers has been durable.
Over the past three seasons, Powers has missed just three games. And he is still only 28 years old.
5. Powers comes from a solid defense.
The Cardinals reached the NFC championship game last season, and have an aggressive defense that plays fast. That’s what the Ravens are hoping to have next season. Powers has five interceptions and 36 passes defended over the past three seasons. The Ravens expect Powers to add to that total.