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Free Agency Rumor Mill: Willie Snead IV Signs With Raiders


The free-agency rumor mill is in full effect as reports of signings often become public knowledge before the team announcement.

These deals have not been confirmed by the Ravens, nor do they reflect any insider information from anyone in Baltimore's front office.

Here's the latest buzz:

Friday, March 26

Willie Snead IV Signs with Raiders

Another free agent is reportedly departing from the Ravens to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Veteran wide receiver Willie Snead IV is signing with Las Vegas, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The 28-year-old Snead would reunite with former Ravens defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who signed with the Raiders last week. Wide receiver John Brown who played with the Ravens in 2018 also signed with Las Vegas last week.

During his three seasons in Baltimore, Snead caught 126 passes for 1,422 yards and nine touchdowns, including 33 grabs for 432 yards and three touchdowns in 2020. Snead was an excellent blocker in the Ravens' run-heavy attack, and he was also a leader among the team's young wide receiver group.

Monday, March 22

Sammy Watkins to Visit Ravens

The Ravens are reportedly in pursuit of another free agent wide receiver.

Sammy Watkins was on his way to Baltimore on Monday to visit the Ravens on Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.

Watkins, who has spent the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, has 321 catches for 4,665 yards and 33 touchdowns over his seven-year career. Averaging 14.5 yards per catch during his career, the 27-year-old Watkins is a deep threat and a dangerous runner after the catch. Injuries limited Watkins to nine games last season when he finished with 37 catches, 421 yards and two touchdowns.

Ravens Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman, who was the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator in 2015, coached Watkins that season when he finished with 60 catches for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns. Keith Williams, Baltimore's new pass game specialist, has also worked with Watkins as a personal coach during several offseasons.

The Ravens reportedly pursued wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in free agency before he re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Saturday, March 20

Kenny Golladay Agrees With Giants

Wide receiver Kenny Golladay is reportedly signing with the New York Giants, agreeing on a four-year contract worth $72 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Golladay was one of the top free agent wide receivers in this year's class, posting back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2018 and 2019. On Friday, Schefter reported that the Ravens had reached out to Golladay's agent. Later in the day, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said the Ravens "are not making a play" for the 2019 Pro Bowler.

Friday, March 19

JuJu-Smith Schuster Turned Down Ravens' Bigger Offer to Stay in Pittsburgh

One of the top wide receivers on the open market, JuJu Smith-Schuster turned down a more lucrative contract offer from the Ravens to stay in Pittsburgh, per multiple reports. Smith-Schuster is a hard-nosed receiver who is coming off a season in which he posted 97 catches for 831 yards and nine touchdowns.

Wednesday, March 17

Ravens Trade for Tight End Josh Oliver

The Ravens have dealt a conditional seventh-round draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for tight end Josh Oliver, reports The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. The conditions are reportedly that Oliver makes the team. A third-round draft pick in 2019, Oliver played in four games as a rookie before injuries to his back and hamstring sent him to injured reserve. He missed his entire sophomore season because of foot surgery.

Morgan Cox Lands in Tennessee

Long snapper Morgan Cox is reportedly going back home after being released by the Ravens. Cox, who grew up in Tennessee and went to the University of Tennessee, is reportedly signing with the Titans, per ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

Tuesday, March 16

Ravens Closing in on Deal to Retain Derek Wolfe

The Ravens were happy with their first year with veteran defensive end and are the two sides are reportedly closing in on a return, per multiple Denver-area reporters who covered Wolfe when he was with the Broncos.

Baltimore Retaining Tyus Bowser on Four-Year Deal

The Ravens are keeping versatile outside linebacker Tyus Bowser, per Sirius XM's Adam Caplan. It's reportedly a four-year deal worth $22 million with the possibility of becoming $27 million.

Jacksonville Jaguars Scoop Up Jihad Ward

The Ravens' departures on the edge are reportedly continuing, as the Jacksonville Jaguars are signing Jihad Ward, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Ward spend the past two seasons in Baltimore and registered three sacks last year. It would be a reunion with former Ravens Defensive Line Coach Joe Cullen, who is now the defensive coordinator in Jacksonville.

Monday, March 15

Ravens Monitoring Free-Agent Pass Rushers

Baltimore is keeping an eye on the pass rusher market after reportedly losing Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue in free agency. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that Baltimore is watching the markets of Melvin Ingram, Kyle Van Noy and Carlos Dunlap. Van Noy and Dunlap were released by the Dolphins and Seahawks, respectively.

Ravens Have 'Some Interest' in Pass Rusher Haason Reddick

Pass rushers flew off the free-agency board on the first day open to negotiations, but Baltimore is still in the hunt, reports ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Fowler reports that the Ravens have "some interest" in Arizona Cardinals pass rusher Haason Reddick, a former first-round pick who had a breakout fourth season with 12.5 sacks last year. Baltimore could also bring back veteran defensive end Derek Wolfe.

Texans Are Signing Special Teams Ace Chris Moore

The Houston Texans are adding wide reciever/special teams ace Chris Moore, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson. The Ravens selected Moore in the fourth round in 2016. While he never became a breakout offensive weapon, Moore carved out a role as one of the Ravens' best special teamers. Injuries hampered him last season, however, and he suited up for just three games.

Ravens Bring Back Chris Board on One-Year Deal

The Ravens are retaining restricted free agent Chris Board, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Board is a big part of Baltimore's special teams unit and saw rotational action at inside linebacker last season.

Raiders Close to Landing Yannick Ngakoue

The Las Vegas Raiders are closing in on pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue in a hot market for pass rushers Monday. Ngakoue was acquired by the Ravens in a midseason trade with the Minnesota Vikings but logged just three sacks in Baltimore.

Patriots Making 'Major Push' for Matthew Judon

The New England Patriots have already reportedly reached rich deals with tight end Jonnu Smith and defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, and now they are reportedly making a "major push" to sign Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo. The Patriots entered free agency with the second-most salary-cap space in the league, per Judon has led the Ravens in sacks and quarterback pressures since 2017.

Ravens Adding Veteran Guard Kevin Zeitler

The Ravens have reached an agreement on a three-year, $22.5 million contract with veteran guard Kevin Zeitler, who was released by the New York Giants last week. Zeitler, 31, is entering his 10th NFL season. A first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012, he also played for the Cleveland Browns before being traded to New York. He's 6-foot-4, 315 pounds and with a game built on AFC North power. Since 2019, he has ranked 17th in the NFL among guards by Pro Football Focus. Zeitler could help step into the hole left by the retirement of Marshal Yanda last offseason.

Friday, March 12

Ravens Bringing Back Pernell McPhee

Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee said he only had one plan this offseason – to return to the Ravens. That's what's reportedly happening, as ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that McPhee is coming back for another year. McPhee, 32, was healthy last year and played some of his best football down the stretch, helping to shut down Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry and getting a sack in the playoff loss in Buffalo.

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