OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens rarely make in-season trades to bring in another player that will contribute right away.
Marcus Peters was an exception to the rule.
On Tuesday, the Ravens brought in Peters in exchange for Kenny Young and a 2020 5th round pick. It was just the seventh time in the last nine years that they’ve acquired a player from September through the end of the season.
“We always appreciate the way he plays,” coach John Harbaugh said of Peters on Wednesday. “He’s a good fit for our defense, the way we play, the type of techniques we play back there, and we’re just looking forward to getting him to work and getting him up to speed as quickly as possible and rolling.”
But in terms of Peters’ acquisition, the trade is an outlier to the Ravens trade history
Since 2011, the Ravens haven’t spent significant draft capital on an in-season acquisition. There was: Peters, RB Ty Montgomery, OL Tony Bergstrom, OL Luke Bowanko, WR Chris Givens, CB Will Davis and OL Eugene Monroe.
All trades, except for Peters and Monroe, were for 7th round picks. Monroe was traded from Jacksonville to Baltimore for 2014 4th and 5th round picks.
In short, the Ravens rarely make moves of significant substance once the season begins. Even Bowanko was brought in before the rosters needed to be trimmed down to 53 in 2017.
But it’s not just acquiring players, it’s giving them away. Since 2011, the Ravens have traded away just one player (guard Nick Easton) after Sept. 1. They received a 2016 conditional 7th round pick for him.
While the Ravens have made moves in recent months like trading away Joe Flacco, Alex Lewis, Kaare Vedvik and Jermaine Eluemunor, the Peters trade breaks precedent in terms of in-season trades.
The 5th round pick was the highest draft pick the Ravens have traded away for a player since 2017, when the Ravens traded away the 99th pick in the NFL Draft, as well as Timmy Jernigan, for the 74th overall pick — which became Chris Wormley.
There might’ve been rumors about a potential Jalen Ramsey trade, but when it comes to giving up significant assets to acquire a player during the season, that’s just not what the Ravens are in the business of doing.
That’s why the Peters move made sense — the Ravens gave away a player that fell out of their plans for relatively low draft pick.
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