Ravens Encouraged to Trade for Eagles Wide Receiver, Chiefs Offensive Tackle
Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski named one trade each NFL team should make before the start of the season, and he has Baltimore as the landing spot for two players.
In one proposal, he has the Ravens landing Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor.
"The Baltimore Ravens are an obvious landing spot after moving Marquise Brown during the draft. The team didn't address the wide receiver position after doing so," Sobleski wrote. "Instead, Lamar Jackson and Co. will rely heavily on Rashod Bateman to blossom in Year 2 with little beyond him."
"Little beyond him" is yet another shot at the Ravens' wide receivers, including Devin Duvernay, James Proche II and others. They have performed well in training camp thus far, though Duvernay is dealing with a thigh bruise.
Reagor, the 21st-overall selection in 2020, has not played up to his draft stock thus far. In 28 games (including 24 starts), Reagor has 64 catches for 695 yards and three touchdowns.
Reagor, 23, has been linked to the Ravens before, including during this year's draft.
"We were told that Reagor's name came up. There was no offer," Adam Caplan of the "Inside the Birds" podcast said in May. "The Ravens definitely, from multiple sources, had had interest in Reagor during the  draft.
Sobleski's other suggested trade involving the Ravens has them acquiring Kansas City Chiefs right tackle Lucas Niang. A 2020 third-round pick, Niang started nine games last year after opting out of his rookie season because of the pandemic.
"This offseason, [Chiefs] General Manager Brett Veach signed veteran Geron Christian and drafted Darian Kinnard in the fifth round. Both can play right tackle. Niang's standing is suddenly in question after only one year," Sobleski wrote.
Adding Niang, 23, would give Baltimore youth and additional depth at offensive tackle. However, they already have a lot of depth at that position.
This offseason, the Ravens signed veteran right tackle Morgan Moses and drafted offensive tackle Daniel Faalele. They also have veteran Ja'Wuan James, who has played right tackle most of his career but provides insurance at left tackle if Ronnie Stanley isn't ready.
"The Ravens experienced so many injuries along their offensive front the last two years that a small investment in another middle-round talent will give them even better depth," Sobleski wrote.
Will Fuller Reportedly Being Monitored by Multiple Teams
The Ravens being encouraged to trade for a wide receiver isn't surprising, but it seems more likely that they sign a veteran free agent if they choose to add to their young receiving corps.
Will Fuller V is one of the free-agent wide receivers frequently mentioned as someone the Ravens could have interest in. Fuller is being monitored by multiple teams, according to Pro Football Network's Aaron Wilson. It's unknown whether the Ravens are among them.
Of the handful of wide receivers still on the free-agent market, the 28-year-old Fuller is the best option to replace the deep-threat speed that was lost when Brown was traded.
Staying healthy has been a major issue for Fuller, who has played more than 11 games just once in his six year-career, and that was in his rookie season. After signing a one-year, $10 million deal with the Miami Dolphins last season, Fuller missed 15 games due to a PED suspension, broken finger, and personal issue.
Fuller's best season was in 2020, when he had 53 catches for 879 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games with the Houston Texans.
Chris Boswell's New Deal Ties Him With Justin Tucker As Highest-Paid Kicker in NFL History
Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell joined Justin Tucker as the highest-paid kicker in NFL history after reportedly agreeing to a four-year, $20 million contract yesterday.
Tucker signed his extension in 2020, reportedly for the exact same terms, including $12.5 million in guaranteed money.
While Tucker now has company at the top of the pay scale for kickers, he stands alone when it comes to kicking accuracy (91.1 percent) and the longest field goal in NFL history (66 yards).
Boswell's 88.4 career field-goal percentage ranks fourth all-time.
In Tucker, Boswell and the Cincinnati Bengals' Evan McPherson, three of the top kickers in the league reside in the AFC North.