Baltimore Ravens Keep Omar Brown With Tender for Good Reason

By Jermaine Lockett
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When it comes to the Baltimore Ravens‘ offseason, the team needs to shop smartly. Considering the talent the organization has in house, the team needs to see where it already has pure talent and just give the player a chance. I know Ozzie Newsome’s job is not to make a depth chart but a roster of talented players, so him bringing in some of the best talent to compete is smart; however, he does need to consider that he may be burying the talent currently on the roster. By bringing in this extra talent he is missing out on true talent like that of Omar Brown.

Brown is one of those guys who has plenty of athleticism and a true nose for the ball.  He has been nicknamed “Baby Ed Reed” by his teammates because of his ability to intercept during practices.  Some would argue that he is a “practice warrior” but disappears in actual games.  I would disagree.  Brown hasn’t been given a real opportunity to shine in games due to the politics of incumbent starters.

With the selection of Matt Elam in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft and already having James Ihedigbo in the starting position after Bernard Pollard was released, Brown was never given a real opportunity to shine.  Now that Ihedigbo is currently trying to complete a deal with the Detroit Lions, Brown should have a real shot at starting this season for the Ravens. The $570,000 tender ensure that he will have that chance in Baltimore.

Of course this all depends on the Ravens’ first-round selection in this year’s Draft. If they go after top Safety prospects Calvin Pryor or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, we will never see what Brown is truly capable of due to politics and money.  Either way I can almost guarantee that the Ravens’ secondary will shine in 2014.

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