Trading for Calais Campbell was the “perfect” move
As the free agency’s madness has subsided, passengers have come out with their ratings for the various movements. The Ravens acquire defensive end Calais Campbell of the Jacksonville Jaguars for a fifth-round 2020 route, and signing him to a one-year extension of the contract to 2021 continues to receive fantastic reviews.
NFL Scheduler Adam Schein placed the move at No. 3 on his list of the most influential signings or trades off-season, behind only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who signed Tom Brady and the Arizona Cardinals trade for DeAndre Hopkins.
“The perfect player who goes to the perfect team in the perfect city at the perfect time,”
NFL.com’s Marc Sessler gave the corporations an “A” for the trade.
“Keep in mind that Baltimore stole Campbell with a fifth-round pick earned through last season’s trade with prospect kicker Kaare Vedvik to Minnesota. Now you should think about what’s left in Jacksonville’s once-proud defense,” Sessler wrote. “We are looking at two organizations approaching the team building process from completely different realities.”
Pro Football Focus Anthony Treash wrote that the corporations greatly improved their main weakness – literally and figuratively – by landing Campbell at 6 foot 8, 300 pounds.
“Submit a fifth inning for the second most valuable defensive lineman since 2016 behind only Aaron Donald? Sign me up,” Treash wrote. “During each of the past four seasons, Campbell has produced elite 90.0-plus PFF grades and was excellent as both a defender and a pass rusher. Baltimore’s biggest shortcoming from last year was its defensive front and especially its ability to generate a consistent pressure. The Ravens ranked only 27th as a team in the PFF pass rushing class, but with Campbell it is a given that will improve in 2020. “
On a side note, the Ravens earned a B-plus for close trade Hayden Hurst and a 2020 fourth-round pick to Atlanta for the Falcons 2020 second and fifth-round selections.
Patrick Onwuasor, Josh Bynes Departures leave cease at inside linebacker
Inside linebacker remains the biggest question mark for the corporations, and it looks like Patrick Onwuasor and Josh Bynes will not return to provide any answers. One day after Bynes reportedly signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, Onwuasor agreed to an agreement with the New York Jets, according to the NFL Network’s Rapoport.
There was speculation that free agents Bynes and / or Onwuasor, who were part of a three-man rotation at inside linebacker for the Ravens last season, could be re-signed. It turns out that L. J. Fort – a mid-season acquisition that signed a two-year contract extension in November – will be the only regular regular.
Bynes, who was originally signed by the Corps as an undrafted free agent in 2011, returned to Baltimore in Week 5 last year and played an important role in the defense’s turnaround. Onwuasor, a start for the Ravens at the line backs at welds 2017 and 2018, struggled in early 2019 after moving to middle linebacker to replace C. J. Mosley.
In addition to the Fort, the Ravens have Chris Board and Otaro Alaka, both young and unproven, on the inside of linebacker.
“The Ravens can still handle the position through the draft, and they have shown that they do not need an all-down player in the middle of the defense to serve as anchor,” wrote Penn Live’s Aaron Kasinitz. “At the end of last season, the security carried the Chuck Clark communications unit to forward calls and often moved into the box as a de facto linebacker.
“With Clark still this week, Baltimore might not see inside linebacker as a big priority. But when Onwuasor prepares to start over with the Jets, the Corps still have to decide how to fill out their linebacking rotation.”
Positions that the corporations must fill
Ravens Wire’s Matthew Stevens noted that the Ravens have done a good job throughout their history of keeping an eye on the future in addition to meeting their immediate needs. With that in mind, Stevens identified six positions that the corporations should fill.
Here are some excerpts:
Running back: “With such a heavy-handed offense, keeping a steady flow of talent on return allows the corporations to continue chewing forward for even more years.”
Security: “While they have Chuck Clark signed to a three-year extension and Earl Thomas III signed through 2022, there is not much depth behind them. … Thomas turns 31 in just a few months and has already played 10 years in the NFL. we have seen too often in football, guys can suddenly let go physically and be a shadow of their former ego, which means that a clock is constantly ticking here for the corporations. “
cornerback: “Even with two Pro Bowl starters in Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters and Tavon Young on the inside, Baltimore has learned not to rest on its laurels when it comes to their secondary.”
Defensive line: “For all the help the Ravens added to their defensive line this season, none of their signings and deals were long-term alternatives. … Obviously, Baltimore wants a strong line of defense and they have it – for now. Find some guys who can go in in the two-year starting roles would help them transition much easier and smoother. “
Outside linebacker: “This is both an immediate need and a long-term need for the Corps. But even in the best case where Baltimore can sign Matthew Judon for a contract extension and take an immediate start off linebacker in the 2020 NFL Draft, they still have to think about the future and more depth . “
Tight end: “With the trade with Hayden Hurst, this is also one of the team’s less immediate needs. But if they kept an eye on the future and picked up a development perspective that could potentially replace either Nick Boyle or Mark Andrews in the next few years, it wouldn’t be a bad idea. “