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I know there are a few threads on wide receivers, but I wanted to bring free agents to attention. I think there is a possibility we don't use our early round draft picks on a WR. Now, I'm not saying we will not draft weapons for Flacco, but it would not surprise me to see the Ravens find guy that already proven in the NFL 

 

Jeremy Maclin is a talented, solid wide receiver, but sat out all of 2013 with a knee injury. He put up just under 900 yards in both 2011 and 2012, and is only 25 years old. Maclin is speedy and can also be used as a returner, which would take care of a void if the Ravens let Jacoby Jones walk. Also he is a smart receiver, scoring a 25 on his Wonderlic test, which is higher than average for WRs. If the Ravens sign him, it may only be to a 1 to 3 year deal. It would be a high-risk, high-reward as he will still be recovering when free agency hits. It would be fantastic to see Maclin as a Raven and he would be a great wide receiver next to Torrey Smith.

 

What receivers do you think the Ravens could pick up? Here is a full list 

http://overthecap.com/freeagents.php?Position=WR&Year=2014

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Don't think I'd be interested in any of them.

Maclin shies away from contact. He's been often injured and seems to me (being from the Philadelphia market) that he nurses injuries when he comes back from them which causes him to either re-injure himself or create a different one.

I know a lot of people are high on Decker but I think he's going to be a bust outside of Denver. I just don't think he can be the man. He plays a good 3rd or 4th fiddle, but he's going to command a pretty penny and I don't think its worth it.

and aside from that idk if theres anyone worth even bringing in.

Maclin will end up back in Philly on a 1-2 year prove it deal. He likes it there and loves his team mates.

If Denver loses the super bowl, decker will take a home town discount to stay in Denver on a 1 or 2 year deal to try and get back. If they win it, he goes to the highest bidder, most likely a bottom dweller in desperate need of a #1 guy, or a quality, complimentary #2.

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Some of those guys have a ton of injury history.  There is one name there that does intrigue me though - Kevin Walter.  He's obviously older and coming off an injury, but he knows Kubiak's system and will probably ask for vet minimum or right around there.  I'd rather draft a young receiver and let the guys we have compete, but if we were to bring in a FA, might as well be a guy with great hands and who has familiarity with what Kubiak wants to do.

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Here's my list of the top 8 FA receivers (I tried to do 10 but there isn't 2 other receivers I'd consider signing and I would rather just get a WR in the draft_:

 

1. Eric Decker - This would be EXTREMELY unlikely to happen because of the cap and contract it would require to sign him. But he is the best receiver in the FA class. A lot of people don't think so and think he is just a product of the powerful Broncos offense under Peyton Manning, but with Tim Tebow under center, he was able to haul in 8 touchdowns and 612 yards in his second season. Playing with Peyton has taught him a lot and I think his best years are ahead of him regardless of where he plays. He finds the ball and makes plays with it. Also showed great return skills this past season.

 

2. Hakeem Nicks - If it wasn't for the cap issue, this would be the best possible signing we could make in the offseason. I feel like he still has a lot to prove and he has shown some brilliance in his years as a Giant. Last year would have been better for him but the Giants offense had a lot of the same issues our offense had. He can make contested catches and can make a 5 yard reception into a 30-40 yard one with his ability to get more after the catch. He is awesome.

 

3. Julian Edelman - I want him solely to take a weapon away from the Patriots but he is also a great slot receiver and much like Hakeem Nicks, he showed the ability to convert 3rd downs and get extra yards after the catch. He had a breakout season and would command a big contract so it would be tough to sign him but he would be a great addition.

 

4. Riley Cooper - He would be a cheaper option and he isn't a home run like the top 2 guys on this list but he can make a big play at any given time and is only getting better. I don't know how good of a route runner he is but he was able to stand out in a powerful Eagles offense and I saw him on a lot of Curl routes and he was successful with the deep pass which is one of Flacco's strengths so he could fit in.

 

5. Jeremy Maclin/Kenny Britt - I couldn't decide who to put at number 5 so I picked both of these guys. Maclin was injured and did not play all of 2013, but Britt was benched but I don't think it had to do too much with him not performing. I think it was more of a problem with the coach, Mike Munchak who got fired, and some off the field issues. This might be alarming and it might seem like he's immature but I think a fresh start would work for him. He has expressed interest in joining the Ravens in the past during the trade deadline and he would be a cheaper option who I think could pay off. Maclin has shown the ability to be one of the better number 2 receivers in the league and if he comes back from his injury well, he could also pay off for whatever team he joins.

 

6. James Jones - He's getting older but could make those necessary catches on 3rd down and just be a converter like Brandon Stokely was supposed to be before getting hurt. Jones is healthy and could be that guy for us.

 

7. Emmanuel Sanders - Taking a player from the Steelers should always feel good. Sanders is an okay receiver but would fit in really well as a number 3 if Jacoby left. I don't know how much he would command though.

 

8. Santana Moss - He is getting old but can still play and wouldn't be too expensive. I'd rather not sign him though because of his age, we want younger more athletic receivers. He makes the list just because there really aren't any other FA receivers that I would rather sign that getting a rookie from the draft.

 

I didn't put Anquan Boldin on here because if I did he would be at number one or two, but it isn't happening and honestly shouldn't happen because it would be like the Ravens admitting they made a mistake and I don't think he would come back. It's better to just move on from him. But if somehow he wanted back in, then I would obviously not mind/love it!

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Here's my list of the top 8 FA receivers (I tried to do 10 but there isn't 2 other receivers I'd consider signing and I would rather just get a WR in the draft_:

 

1. Eric Decker - This would be EXTREMELY unlikely to happen because of the cap and contract it would require to sign him. But he is the best receiver in the FA class. A lot of people don't think so and think he is just a product of the powerful Broncos offense under Peyton Manning, but with Tim Tebow under center, he was able to haul in 8 touchdowns and 612 yards in his second season. Playing with Peyton has taught him a lot and I think his best years are ahead of him regardless of where he plays. He finds the ball and makes plays with it. Also showed great return skills this past season.

 

2. Hakeem Nicks - If it wasn't for the cap issue, this would be the best possible signing we could make in the offseason. I feel like he still has a lot to prove and he has shown some brilliance in his years as a Giant. Last year would have been better for him but the Giants offense had a lot of the same issues our offense had. He can make contested catches and can make a 5 yard reception into a 30-40 yard one with his ability to get more after the catch. He is awesome.

 

3. Julian Edelman - I want him solely to take a weapon away from the Patriots but he is also a great slot receiver and much like Hakeem Nicks, he showed the ability to convert 3rd downs and get extra yards after the catch. He had a breakout season and would command a big contract so it would be tough to sign him but he would be a great addition.

 

4. Riley Cooper - He would be a cheaper option and he isn't a home run like the top 2 guys on this list but he can make a big play at any given time and is only getting better. I don't know how good of a route runner he is but he was able to stand out in a powerful Eagles offense and I saw him on a lot of Curl routes and he was successful with the deep pass which is one of Flacco's strengths so he could fit in.

 

5. Jeremy Maclin/Kenny Britt - I couldn't decide who to put at number 5 so I picked both of these guys. Maclin was injured and did not play all of 2013, but Britt was benched but I don't think it had to do too much with him not performing. I think it was more of a problem with the coach, Mike Munchak who got fired, and some off the field issues. This might be alarming and it might seem like he's immature but I think a fresh start would work for him. He has expressed interest in joining the Ravens in the past during the trade deadline and he would be a cheaper option who I think could pay off. Maclin has shown the ability to be one of the better number 2 receivers in the league and if he comes back from his injury well, he could also pay off for whatever team he joins.

 

6. James Jones - He's getting older but could make those necessary catches on 3rd down and just be a converter like Brandon Stokely was supposed to be before getting hurt. Jones is healthy and could be that guy for us.

 

7. Emmanuel Sanders - Taking a player from the Steelers should always feel good. Sanders is an okay receiver but would fit in really well as a number 3 if Jacoby left. I don't know how much he would command though.

 

8. Santana Moss - He is getting old but can still play and wouldn't be too expensive. I'd rather not sign him though because of his age, we want younger more athletic receivers. He makes the list just because there really aren't any other FA receivers that I would rather sign that getting a rookie from the draft.

 

I didn't put Anquan Boldin on here because if I did he would be at number one or two, but it isn't happening and honestly shouldn't happen because it would be like the Ravens admitting they made a mistake and I don't think he would come back. It's better to just move on from him. But if somehow he wanted back in, then I would obviously not mind/love it!

2014 is pretty much his last year of NFL cuz of his age, and he would go to whoever pay him the most, just like Ed Reed or Mason.  It's all about business.....

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I'd like the idea of Riley Cooper playing in the slot for us for a cheap 1-2 year deal if we don't adress WR in the draft. Which I don't think will happen.

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I'm not so sure about Boldin retiring soon. He had one of his best seasons this past season and I can see him staying in the league for about 3 more seasons.

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look..edlemen is a product of brady. Brady makes scrubs better. We need great recievers to make flacco better.  Flacco cannot make scrubs better.

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I'd like the idea of Riley Cooper playing in the slot for us for a cheap 1-2 year deal if we don't adress WR in the draft. Which I don't think will happen.

I would rather Marlon Brown continue to develop in the slot. How much of Riley Cooper had to do with Chip Kelly's offense and the unknown surrounding it and how much is skill?

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look..edlemen is a product of brady. Brady makes scrubs better. We need great recievers to make flacco better.  Flacco cannot make scrubs better.

I know there's no reasoning with you, but Edelman and Brady are a product of the EP system, and the Ravens aren't looking to run that, and I doubt Edelman would be good without it.

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I dont want any free agents. I am fine with a draft pick and resigning Doss. A new system will help everyone. Doss will be cheap and can be a kick returner. Depending on how the draft falls we may be able to come away with a good wr and lineman or te in in the first 2 rounds. Or some scenario... lineman te etc.

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I would rather Marlon Brown continue to develop in the slot. How much of Riley Cooper had to do with Chip Kelly's offense and the unknown surrounding it and how much is skill?

True true. All I'm saying is I think he would be the best value for us. (Money and skillset wise). Don't think it happens though.
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we are better off without them,, marlon brown steps up after a good freshman year, mallette will play like he has something to prove and then there is jordan matthew (predicting)  who have seen what brown has done and he will aslo want to get that rookie WR record  ,,,,, save that money and get a CENTER

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look..edlemen is a product of brady. Brady makes scrubs better. We need great recievers to make flacco better.  Flacco cannot make scrubs better.

 

Clearly you've never heard of Mark Clayton or Kelley Washington.

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It would be interesting to see Hakeem Nicks as a Raven, most of my family are Giants fan and would like that too. I want to just assume 2013 was a down year for him. Was he struggling with an injury the entire year? Either way, it would be nice to sign him to an affordable contract

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I'm not really enamored with the FA class.  The ones I like either cost too much or would be short term fixes.  We're better off solving the WR issue in the draft with a very deep draft class where a WR is bound to be BPA early.

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James Jones and Kenny Britt are the 2 guys I like.Jones is a great route runner and fights for balls like Boldin.I think he would complement Brown and Smith well and fits the "makes tough 3rd down catches and gets yac" description Ozzie gave.He's also fast enough to be a deep threat unlike Boldin was for us.As for Kenny Britt,he has everything needed to be a #1 wr.Hate on him all you want for the trouble he got into when he first came into the league,but I 100 percent guarantee he'll outperform any contract he signs as long as there's a good qb there.I'm willing to bet money on it.He's gonna be cheap and could be the Andre Johnson that Kubiac had in Houston.If you plugged him into this offense Flacco would fall in love with throwing to a big bodied guy like him who actually plays big.He would be a 1,000 yard receiver here.

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2014 is pretty much his last year of NFL cuz of his age, and he would go to whoever pay him the most, just like Ed Reed or Mason. It's all about business.....

Doubt that. At least 2, more likely plays 3-4 more years.

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Britt has also changed since those trouble days.He hasn't messed up since 2011 and didn't act out when the titans severely reduced his snaps last year.He handled it like a pro and in recent interviews he seemed genuinely motivated to live up to the potential he flashed before his leg injury 2 years ago and to show the titans they made a mistake.

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Britt is an interesting option. I doubt he'll command much in terms of $ or years on a contract, but if he returns to form, he could be a huge boost. If he fails, we don't lose a big investment.

 

No matter who, IF we even go FA to acquire anyone for this position, it will be a low key pickup. I have to think that we let Boldin go for cap reasons AND to get younger at this position. I have to think that one of the 1st 2 rounds this year will involve a WR. 

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Yea there is absolutely no way shape or form of the Ravens signing Eric Decker...he will likely command atleast $60M on a longterm deal and has the statistical leverage to command MUCH more.

 

I dont think the Patriots will let Julian Edelman go however I do in fact see them cutting Danny Amendola who the Ravens went after last year in free agency but failed to real in due to his high contract negotiations, so maybe we could get Amendola for cheap.

 

I really think Ozzie needs to take advantage of some of the talented WRs who have some concerns such as injuries who will come at a much cheaper price. Guys like Miles Austin, Danny Amendola, Jeremy Maclin and Kenny Britt. You do not have to break the bank to get them, they have talent and if they continue to show signs of injury proneness than we could just cut them without having to pay them any guaranteed money. Its more of a glorified tryout...bring them in to training camp and if they suck cut them, if they show their true potential then you just stole an expensive WR.

 

If we could get one of those guys along with a young guy early in the draft we could really develop a great WR corps.

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This fan rates Trindon Holliday very highly.  That speed and grab isn't being done by Peyton Manning. Neither are those kick returns.

Trindon Holliday has 2 career receptions and has never made a splash as a WR. He is fast as hell but that is pretty much it, he has also muffed some punts/kicks which shows that he probably has some dropsies to deal with, and he is the smallest player in the NFL- (YEP even smaller than the mighty mouse Darren Sproles) so if he gets hit he will probably break in half.

 

A guy I think you might like who is a similar type of athlete and is a FA is Dexter McCluster...small fast shifty and was a pro bowl return man this year.

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We have plenty of in house talent at WR, but if we DO sign a FA it'll be a guy like a Kenny Britt.A Low risk, high reward type of signing that Ozzie is known for. That said, I really love what we'll have in Smith, Brown and a healthy Pitta. I wouldn't mind bringing Jacoby back, he was decent for us on 3rd down and gives us that home run threat on returns. But, he's not great in the red zone so if we could replace him with a guy that can steal some balls in the end zone, I'm all for it.

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The only FA I'd sign would be inhouse with Jacoby Jones to a 2yr deal. I'd use him strictly to stretch the D and of course SpTeams. I just wouldn't start and only have him out for 25% of the snaps.

 

Hakeem Nicks is the only true FA that interests me but he'd want too much money plus it could cost us a compensatory pick for next year.

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juanman7 lists all his picks and even mentions that one of them would be a good #2 receiver and another would be a good #3 receiver. What we need is a #1 receiver. That is what we do not have. Edelman is a very good slot receiver, but would cost a lot of money that is much too precious to us to be trying to spend on him. And he is probably not #1 material. Look, I love Torrey Smith, but ideally he is a #2 receiver. We need to Finally get that Stud receiver that we have lacked since time began. I don't see a legitimate #1 on the list of UFAs this year, and I think we have the opportunity to get one in the draft. There are several draftees coming out this year that, I believe, clearly show the potential to be a #1 receiver in the NFL. This year's draft is Deep at wr. And you know what? It wouldn't shock me if we tried to grab Ebron or Amaro, the TEs, before a wr. It all depends on whether or not we can re-sign Pitta. If not, we will be desperate for a TE, especially since Kubiac came on board. I really believe there are better receivers in the draft than there are in free agency. I still love Brandon Cooks, the best slot guy coming out. Another good slot receiver is Campanero, but I think Cooks is a good bit better. And Watkins, Lee, Matthew, and a couple others interest me more than Any of the FAs. It's going to be very, very interesting which way Ozzie goes this off season. This is the most interesting and crucial off season I think we've had in a long time. That's because we have so many serious needs as we retool this team. We need not just a home run, Oz. We need you to hit a grand slammer. Good luck, big guy.

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