Free Agency Rumor Mill: Sammy Watkins Reportedly Meets With Packers

2022 Baltimore Ravens Rumor Mill Free Agency 2022

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:

Thursday, April 14

Packers Could Be Next Step for Sammy Watkins

Free agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who spent last season with the Ravens, was being hosted by the Green Bay Packers on a visit, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

The 28-year-old Watkins caught 27 passes for 394 yards and one touchdown in 2021 and made several clutch catches early in the season. However, his production tailed off, and he had just three catches over the final five weeks, as Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay became the primary wide receiver targets.

Friday, April 8

Ravens Interested RB Melvin Gordon III

The Ravens are in discussions with free-agent running back Melvin Gordon III, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The former first-round pick rushed for 918 yards and eight touchdowns last season, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. He is entering his eighth NFL season and will soon turn 29 years old. The Ravens have JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards, but both are returning from season-ending knee injuries.

Thursday, March 31

Bobby Wagner Signs With Rams

Bobby Wagner has played his entire career in the NFC West, and has reportedly decided to stay there.

The six-time All-Pro inside linebacker has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Rams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Wagner reportedly visited the Ravens and Rams during free agency and had narrowed his decision to one of those teams. The 31-year-old Wagner was released by the Seahawks near the start of free agency following a season in which he notched a career-high 170 tackles. In 10 seasons with Seattle, Wagner made the Pro Bowl eight times.

According to Schefter and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Wagner signed a five-year, $50 million deal that could be worth as much as $65 million.

Wednesday, March 30

Arden Key Signs With Jacksonville

Defensive end Arden Key is taking his talents to Jacksonville.

The 25-year-old Key, who reportedly visited the Ravens and Lions during free agency, has signed with the Jaguars, who officially announced his acquisition.

Key was one of the top pass rushers who had not signed. He had his best season with the 49ers in 2021 with 6.5 sacks, 22 tackles and 17 quarterback hits as a situational pass rusher.

Friday, March 25

Eight-Time Pro Bowler Bobby Wagner Visits Ravens

Veteran inside linebacker Bobby Wagner visited the Ravens Friday, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. He also reportedly visited the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams earlier this week. Wagner is a Super Bowl champion, six-time first-team All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowler. Wagner, 31, was released by the Seahawks near the start of free agency following a season in which he notched a career-high 170 tackles.

Wednesday, March 23

Pass Rusher Rasheem Green Visiting Ravens

Free agent defensive end Rasheem Green, who had a career-best 6.5 sacks last season with Seattle, is reportedly visiting Baltimore according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The 24-year-old Green was a third-round pick for the Seahawks in 2018 and has 13.5 career sacks and three forced fumbles. He is coming off his best season in 2021, playing all 17 games with 15 quarterback hits to go along with his career-best sack total.

Arden Key Adds Ravens to His Free Agency Tour

Defensive end Arden Key will visit the Ravens Wednesday after meeting with the Lions and Jaguars in recent days, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

The 25-year-old Key was a third-round pick for the Raiders in 2018 and spent three seasons with them before being waived. He signed with the 49ers in 2021 and responded with his best year, playing 17 games with 6.5 sacks, 22 tackles and 17 quarterback hits as a situational pass rusher.

Tuesday, March 22

Za'Darius Smith Reportedly Agrees to Deal With Vikings

Pass rusher Za'Darius Smith has reportedly agreed to a three-year contract with the Vikings after not signing with the Ravens last week, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Rapoport reported that Smith will sign a three-year, $42 million deal with Minnesota that could be worth up to $47 million with incentives.

It was reported last week that Smith would reunite with the Ravens, the team he spent his first four NFL seasons with. However, the agreement was not finalized and Smith returned to the free agent market.

Thursday, March 17

Michael Pierce Agrees to Terms on Three-Year Contract With Ravens

Veteran defensive tackle Michael Pierce will return to where his NFL career began, agreeing to a three-year deal with Baltimore.

Defensive tackle Michael Pierce is returning for his second stint with Baltimore.

The Ravens and Pierce agreed to terms on a three-year contract Thursday, bringing him back to the team he played with for four seasons (2016-19). The deal is worth $16.5 million according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Za'Darius Smith Not Signing Contract After Agreement

Free agent pass rusher Za'Darius Smith reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year deal Wednesday but had not signed the contract. On Thursday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Smith will not sign and is back on the free-agent market.

Wednesday, March 16

Ravens Have Considered Possible Reunion With Michael Pierce

The Ravens have considered bringing back nose tackle Michael Pierce, according to Josina Anderson of CBS Sports. Pierce spent four seasons with Baltimore (2016-19) before signing with the Vikings. He had 20 tackles and 3.0 sacks in eight games last season after sitting out the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.

Ravens Bring Back Pass Rusher Za'Darius Smith

The Ravens are bringing back a familiar face, reaching agreement with pass rusher Za'Darius Smith,[comma] according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Smith played his first four NFL seasons with the Ravens and had a breakout year in 2018 with 8.5 sacks and 25 quarterback hits. After signing with the Packers during free agency in 2019, Smith became one of the league's most productive pass rushers with a combined 26 sacks and 60 quarterback hits during his first two seasons in Green Bay. He missed virtually all of last season with a back injury and was released by the Packers on Monday as part of a salary cap savings move.

Anthony Averett Reaches Agreement With Raiders

Cornerback Anthony Averett, who started 14 games with the Ravens last season, is signing with the Raiders according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic. Signing a one-year deal with Las Vegas gives Averett a chance to prove himself as a full-time starter before hitting the open market again next year.

Patriots Could Have Interest in Patrick Ricard

Ravens Pro Bowl fullback Patrick Ricard remained a free agent through Wednesday, but there were rumors the Patriots may have interest.

Tuesday, March 15

Safety Marcus Williams Reportedly Headed to Baltimore

The Ravens made a big splash in free agency Tuesday, reportedly agreeing to a five-year contract with free safety Marcus Williams, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. The deal is reportedly worth $70 million.

With 15 interceptions and 38 pass breakups over the last five seasons, the 25-year-old Williams is the type of safety the Ravens covet, one who can roam centerfield and improve their pass defense. He has been durable over his five-year career, playing in 76 of 81 possible games. He's also a sound run defender when he moves into the box with 320 career tackles.

Defensive Lineman Eddie Goldman Expected to Visit Baltimore Friday

Bears defensive lineman Eddie Goldman was released by the Bears on Monday, but has wasted no time seeking a new home.

The free agent will visit the Ravens on Friday according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network.

The 28-year-old Goldman played in 14 games last season but was slowed by knee and ankle injuries and finished with 22 tackles and career lows in sacks (0.5) and tackles for loss. A second-round pick in 2015, Goldman spent six seasons with the Bears and had 175 tackles, 13 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. He opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.

Three veteran defensive linemen who played with Baltimore last season are free agents - Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams and Justin Ellis.

Ravens Reach Agreement With Offensive Tackle Morgan Moses

The Ravens have addressed one of their biggest offseason needs, reaching agreement with durable offensive tackle Morgan Moses according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.

The 31-year-old Moses has started 16 games in seven straight seasons and has excelled as a run blocker. He played last season with the Jets and was ranked as the 46th best offensive tackle in the league by Pro Football Focus.

Monday, March 14

Ravens Interested in Reunion With Za'Darius Smith

Za'Darius Smith signed a huge contract with the Packers during the 2019 offseason and became an even bigger star in Green Bay, notching 26 sacks over his first two seasons. Injuries resulted in him playing just one game last season, however, and the Packers were forced to release him Monday morning because of salary-cap restraints. An original fourth-round pick of the Ravens in 2015, he had 18.5 sacks in four seasons in Baltimore and would be a huge boost to the team's pass rush.

Calais Campbell Is Exploring His Options

There's still mutual interest between the Ravens and veteran free agent Calais Campbell, but Campbell will reportedly explore the market. Campbell, 35, is looking to win a championship before he retires and is coming off a strong season in Baltimore in which he was the team's highest-graded defender, per Pro Football Focus.

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