The Ravens want to put young offensive weapons around quarterback Lamar Jackson to grow with him, but that doesn’t mean they won’t explore the free-agent wide receiver market.
After the release of Michael Crabtree and with John Brown a pending free agent, the Ravens could be on the lookout for a veteran to add to the mix.
Here’s a snapshot look at the prospective free agent wide receivers:
Demaryius Thomas, Houston Texans
Unrestricted; 31 years old; 6-foot-3, 229 pounds
Thomas was a highly-productive receiver for the Denver Broncos, topping 1,000 receiving yards for five straight years from 2012-2016. He had a whopping 111 catches for 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. His stats have dipped each of the past four seasons since then, however. He was traded to the Texans midway through last year, then tore his Achilles near the end of the year and was released earlier this offseason.
Golden Tate, Philadelphia Eagles
Unrestricted; 31 years old; 5-foot-10, 197 pounds
A sure-handed, tough-to-bring down receiver, Tate has had five straight strong seasons. He dipped a bit last year after a midseason trade from Detroit to Philadelphia, but he’s still quite capable of putting up good stats. Tate topped 90 catches in four straight seasons and went over 1,000 yards in three of them. He’s versatile enough to line up in the slot or outside.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Unrestricted; 29 years old; 5-foot-10, 192 pounds
Cobb exploded with Aaron Rodgers in 2014, hauling in 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. He hasn’t been the same receiver since, however. Injuries have been an issue, and he played in just nine games and made 38 catches for 383 yards and two scores last season. Cobb can be electric, tough and dangerous from multiple spots.
Donte Moncrief, Jacksonville Jaguars
Unrestricted; 25 years old; 6-foot-2, 216 pounds
Moncrief signed a one-year deal with the Jaguars and became a full-time starter. He responded with 48 catches for 668 yards and three touchdowns. He’s a crafty outside receiver who can make big plays and be a reliable chain mover.
Dontrelle Inman, Indianapolis Colts
Unrestricted; 30 years old; 6-foot-3, 205 pounds
Inman has only once played a full 16-game season, but he caught 58 passes for 810 yards and four touchdowns that year in San Diego. Healthy and at his best, Inman is a dangerous big-play threat who averaged 14 yards per catch that season as a starter.
Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Unrestricted; 25 years old; 5-foot-11, 195 pounds
Humphries broke onto the scene last year as the Buccaneers’ most relied upon receiver in the second half of the season. He finished with 76 catches for 816 yards and five scores. He’s at his best when working from the slot.