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Baltimore Ravens: 5 Running Backs Ravens Should Consider In Free Agency

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Baltimore Ravens: 5 Running Backs the Ravens Should Consider in Free Agency

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The Baltimore Ravens are only carrying two running backs entering the 2013 NFL regular season. This team is not only playing a dangerous game, but it is also questionable as to why the Ravens let go of a young stud running back in Bobby Rainey who eventually went on to sign with the Cleveland Browns.

It's too risky to keep Bernard Pierce on kickoff returns like the Ravens have been doing due to wide receiver Jacoby Jones getting injured in the first half in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. The Ravens are all about preserving their running backs, so I don't understand how this team would only carry two at the moment.

The Ravens don't need to short change themselves when you consider the question marks they have at the wide receiver and tight end positions. The Ravens always talk about balance, but all they are doing is putting more of an emphasis on the passing game. Joe Flacco threw the ball 62 times in Week 1, and that is not a recipe for success no matter what quarterback you are in the NFL.

A bruiser being added to the Ravens' running game would be nice, and it would be something the Ravens haven't had since Leron McClain was the rushing leader in 2008. At this rate, however, with the way the offense is constructed, Rice and Pierce will get worn out by the end of the season.

There are five running backs the Ravens should consider in free agency, and they better act soon.

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5. Jonathan Dwyer

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Talk about a big powerful runner. I watched Jonathan Dwyer against the Ravens last season when he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he was able to move a pile. He would be a great change of pace back for the Ravens.

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4. Willis McGahee

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Willis McGahee returning to the Ravens once again? McGahee doesn't have the wear and tear most running backs do due to the fact that he has split carries recently in his career, whether it was with Rice from 08-10, or with Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno with the Denver Broncos over the last couple of seasons. It wouldn't hurt to bring him in since he is familiar with the Ravens' system.

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3. Cedric Benson

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Cedric Benson's career with the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers didn't end well over the last three years. Benson averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry in each of his last three seasons in the NFL from 2010-2012. He may be worn out and would most likely be the Ravens' last solution in the veteran free agent market.

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2. Beanie Wells

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He's a disappointment for the Arizona Cardinals, but I think Beanie Wells, like Dwyer, can provide an additional brand of physicality for the Ravens. The big question with Wells has always been whether he can stay healthy, and I think he can stay that way in a limited role.

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1. Brandon Jacobs

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Jacobs had his issues with the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers, and we all understand that. But I think he will see that he has a chance to be in this league and be a model citizen wherever he goes. I think the Ravens would be a solid spot for him.