Earlier today it was reported according to Baltimoreravens.com that the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens are seriously considering a trade for a big name wide receiver. The three names that are at the forefront are Josh Gordon, Hakeem Nicks, and Kenny Britt.
The chances of getting Gordon would between slim and none. The Cleveland Browns are a little nutty but not nutty enough to trade an upward trending 22 year player to a division rival that beats them all the time. Hypothetically I would love for Gordon to be a Raven, but in division trades just don’t happen unless it’s for a declining player that a stupid team would actually trade for (cough, cough Donovan McNabb).
Nicks is the guy that seems to be the consensus fan favorite for most Ravens fans. The problem with Nicks is the price he would cost. His remaining salary is just a shade under $3 million for this year, and he’ll be an unrestricted free agent next year. Giving up a second or third round pick on a possible nine game rental is not ideal to say the least. Let us not forget that Nicks could possibly get hurt by a strong gust of wind or maybe sneezing on him. Apparently he’s pretty injury-prone, although he’s been a trooper this year (knock on wood).
In my opinion the guy with the best chances of coming to Baltimore is Britt. He’s the cheapest (under $1 million) and the draft pick compensation for him would be lower than the other two guys. Apparently the Tennessee Titans want a third round pick but could lower their demand as the deadline draws closer. Britt has showed flashes of greatness on the field but has exhibited childish immaturity off of it. Britt probably goes bowling with Dez Bryant on off days.
Personally I feel like the Ravens should stand pat with the group they have now. Torrey Smith has emerged as the clear No. 1 for the Ravens, with Marlon Brown and Tandon Doss contributing as possession receivers. Jacoby Jones looks more then competent in the receiving game, and Dennis Pitta could return in a matter of weeks. If the Ravens make any trades before tomorrow’s deadline it should be for linemen on both sides of the ball.
Read more from Dan Abeshouse here