Who's Still Out There for Ravens in Free Agency?


The game of musical chairs continues, but many free agents have found a seat.

The Ravens are still looking to add pass catchers, whether at wide receiver or tight end, as they continue to give their aerial attack a makeover.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome said the Ravens have one or two more free-agent signings left under the salary-cap. So who could it be?

Here's who's still out there, which will continue to change as players are released:

Wide Receiver

Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars
6-foot-3, 201 pounds; 26 years old
2017: 10 games (8 starts), 39 receptions, 484 yards, 2 touchdowns
Hurns was an undrafted free agent out of Miami who burst onto the scene in his first two years. After a strong rookie season, he became a full-time starter in Year 2 and topped 1,000 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. After signing a four-year, $40 million extension, however, his production has dropped the past two years, in which he hasn't topped 500 yards in either season and scored a combined five touchdowns. The Jaguars released him Tuesday morning.

Terrelle Pryor, Washington Redskins
6-foot-4, 228 pounds; 28 years old
2017: 9 games (2 starts), 20 receptions, 240 yards, 1 touchdown
The former Ohio State quarterback signed a one-year prove-it deal with the Redskins last offseason, but didn't make the most of it. He underwent ankle surgery midway through the year but was already struggling on the field and beaten out by teammates. He flashed with the Cleveland Browns in 2016, starting 15 games and topping 1,000 yards on 77 catches.

Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens
6-foot-0, 200 pounds; 31 years old
2017: 15 games (14 starts), 52 receptions, 748 yards, 4 touchdowns
Newsome said the Ravens are still in discussions with Wallace's agent about a possible reunion. He started slow last year, along with the rest of the offense, but was a major part of the offense's turnaround in the second half. He has a connection with Joe Flacco.

Jordan Matthews, Buffalo Bills
6-foot-3, 212 pounds; 25 years old
2017: 10 games (7 starts), 25 receptions, 282 yards, 1 touchdown
The Philadelphia Eagles traded Matthews and a third-round pick to the Bills last season in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby. The Eagles got the better end of the deal. Matthews began his career with three straight years over 800 yards and 19 combined touchdowns. Injuries caught up to him last year, as thumb surgery knocked him out for a month and he was put on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury.

Dontrelle Inman, Chicago Bears
6-foot-3, 205 pounds; 29 years old
2017: 8 games (7 starts), 25 receptions, 343 yards, 1 touchdown
Inman had a good year with the then-San Diego Chargers in 2016 when he posted 810 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 16 starts. He's struggled to stay on the field the past two seasons and posted marginal production.

Other options: Markus Wheaton, Eric Decker, Kendall Wright, Kamar Aiken, Andre Roberts, Matthew Slater, Michael Floyd


Tight End**

Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots
6-foot-6, 275 pounds; 31 years old
2017: 9 games (7 starts), 30 receptions, 286 yards, 0 touchdowns
Bennett had a great 2016 season with 701 yards, seven touchdowns and a Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots. But his 2017 campaign was odd to say the least. He signed with the Green Bay Packers, then stated he was going to retire midway through the year, but was instead waived for failure to disclose a medical condition. He then landed back with the Patriots, but finished the year on injured reserve due to shoulder (rotator cuff) and hamstring injuries. At his peak, he's big and fearsome, but he may have too many red flags at this point.

Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins
6-foot-5, 262 pounds; 29 years old
2017: 14 games (12 starts), 41 receptions, 388 yards, 3 touchdowns
Thomas hasn't had elite production since he separated from Peyton Manning in Denver. Thomas put up 12 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014. He was solid last year, but not the playmaker that he once flashed.

Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers6-foot-4, 255 pounds; 37 years old
2017: 16 games (4 starts), 30 receptions, 316 yards, 3 touchdowns
The lifelong Charger is a legend with potential Hall-of-Fame credentials. And he wants to keep playing despite entering his 16th season. Gates likely is no longer a No. 1 tight end, but he can still get the job done as a reliable pass catcher.

Benjamin Watson, Baltimore Ravens
6-foot-3, 251 pounds; 37 years old
2017: 16 games (12 starts), 61 receptions, 522 yards, 4 touchdowns
There's been no word from Watson on whether he's going to retire and pursue other interests (he has many options) or continue playing. He showed last year he can still play. In his first year back from a torn Achilles, he led the Ravens in receptions and posted a solid 522 yards. He made a lot of tough catches in traffic to move the chains.

Other options: Brent Celek, Marcedes Lewis, Anthony Fasano, Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Mychal Rivera, Troy Nicklas, Clay Harbor

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