The Baltimore Ravens need a wide receiver. They have one of the most dominant running games in the league. Pair that with tight ends Mark Andrews and Isaiah Likely and the Ravens’ offense should be one of the best in the league. The issue has been their receivers. Ravens GM Eric DeCosta was asked about acquiring a WR1 this offseason and he gave a puzzling answer.
#Ravens GM Eric DeCosta was asked if Baltimore could afford acquiring a WR1 this offseason
“Honestly, when you have a big-ticket item at quarterback, it makes it more challenging – not impossible,”
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Baltimore Ravens Need A Wide Receiver
When asked about the position, DeCosta flipped it back into the Lamar Jackson contract. “Honestly, when you have a big-ticket item at quarterback, it makes it more challenging – not impossible,” he said. DeCosta said they would have to get creative in order to find a solution. Obviously the Jackson situation is challenging and if the Ravens are going to keep him, they are going to pay him a lot. However, that contract situation shouldn’t be a reason that the team cannot go out and find a solid wide receiver.
Other Teams Do Just Fine
The rest of the NFL seems to have little issue finding talent at the receiver position. While some are better than others, overall even the bad teams have a good wideout on their team. There are high upside value free agents the team could bring in. The draft has some top talent that could be taken in the early rounds. Often it doesn’t take much draft capital to pry a disgruntled receiver from another team. I get that building a team is hard but it should not be hard to find someone who is better than Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay, and James Proche.
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This feels like more of a shot at Lamar Jackson. Almost using the wide receiver position as a bargaining chip in contract negotiations. DeCosta seems to be saying, “Look, I’d love to get you some receivers but you need to cut us a deal.” That strategy is an extremely risky one. Baltimore has a lot of work to do this offseason but they need a wide receiver.
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