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Who's Out There? Tackles, Corners

Posted Jun 2, 2014

The Ravens could use the free-agent market to add some competition at tackle or cornerback.


Most of the free-agent activity around the NFL has stalled by this point of the offseason, but there could be a slight resurgence now that June 1 has passed.

Veteran free agents signed after June 1 don’t count against the league’s compensatory pick formula, and the Ravens have a history of signing veterans late in the offseason who compete for starting jobs.

Head Coach John Harbaugh made is clear that the Ravens are keeping an eye on the market.

“We want to build as strong of a 53-man roster as we possibly can, and as we do that, try to get stronger every chance we can get,” he said last week. “We’ll be looking.”

Right tackle and cornerback are two positions where the Ravens could look to add some veteran competition, and here are some of the options currently available:

Offensive Tackle

Eric Winston, Arizona Cardinals
9th season; 30 years old; 6-foot-7, 302 pounds
Winston seems to make some sense for the Ravens, as the veteran lineman played under Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak for six seasons in Houston. Winston has been a starting right tackle throughout his career, and he started all 16 games last season for the Arizona Cardinals. He had a down season in 2013, which is likely a big part of the reason he is still available at this point. Winston was one of the better right tackles in the league a couple years ago, and the Ravens could give him a shot to see if he can find that productivity again.

Tony Pashos, Oakland Raiders
11th season; 33 years old; 6-6, 325
Pashos started 12 games at right tackle for the Oakland Raiders last season after dealing with injuries for the previous two years in Cleveland. Pashos is on the tail end of his career, but he could still have some football left in him. The Ravens know him well, as he spent the first four years of his career in Baltimore, including starting all 16 games in 2006.

Jeremy Trueblood, Atlanta Falcons
9th season; 31 years old; 6-8, 320
Trueblood spent last season in Atlanta and started 10 games at right tackle for the Falcons. He graded out as one of the NFL’s middle-of-the-road tackles last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Like Winston and Pashos, he would be another veteran to compete for a starting right tackle spot.

Bryant McKinnie, Miami Dolphins
13th season; 34 years old; 6-8, 352
McKinnie is a familiar name in Baltimore. He played for the Ravens for two and a half years before the team traded him to Miami last season for a sixth-round pick. McKinnie has been a left tackle throughout his career, but he said this offseason that he would be willing to make the move to the right side to prolong his career. Returning to Baltimore seems unlikely for McKinnie after the Ravens traded him last year, and then re-signed Eugene Monroe this offseason.

Cornerback

Asante Samuel, Atlanta Falcons
12th season; 33 years old; 5-10, 185
2013 stats: 30 tackles, 1 interception, 4 passes defensed
Samuel is a veteran corner who has spent the last two seasons with the Falcons. He previously played for Philadelphia and New England. Samuel played in 11 games last year and started 10 of them. A thigh injury limited his production and eventually forced him out of the lineup. Samuel has 51 career interceptions and he could provide quality veteran competition for the No. 3 cornerback spot.

Jabari Greer, New Orleans Saints
11th season; 32 years old; 5-11, 180
2013 stats: 30 tackles, 1 interception, 12 passes defensed
Greer has been a quality starter during his last five seasons in New Orleans, and he has racked up nine interceptions during that time. He is coming off a torn ACL that ended his season in November, and he will have to show teams he’s recovered before signing a new deal.  If Greer makes a full recovery, then he’s a speedy defender that could prove to be a quality nickel cornerback.

Quentin Jammer, Denver Broncos
13th season; 34 years old; 6-0, 204
2013 stats: 14 tackles, 2 passes defensed
Jammer played last season with the Broncos after spending the first 11 years of his career with the Chargers. Jammer was a role player in Denver, and started just one game during the season. The former No. 5 overall pick is close to the end of his career, but the Ravens could give him a chance to see what he has left.

Terrell Thomas, New York Giants
7th season; 29 years old; 6-0, 191
2013 stats: 67 tackles, 1 interception, 7 passes defensed, 1 sack
Thomas has spent his entire career with the New York Giants, but he’s on the market after starting seven games last season. He is primarily a reserve who can play multiple positions, and he would give the Ravens a veteran with game experience. He started 31 games between the 2009-2010 seasons, but then dealt with injuries the next two years.  He has visited with some teams this offseason, but has yet to get a contract.

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