Different thoughts on different things, all in 50 words or less:
I wouldn’t discount Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti’s intriguing suggestion that midfielder Lamar Jackson is so focused on winning the Super Bowl that he might not feel he deserves to sign a huge contract until he lifts the Lombardi Trophy. I haven’t thought about it, but in this very unorthodox situation, are there any other ideas?
I’m sure the crows were delighted with Jackson’s tweet, “I love my crows,” and dismissed any talk of his misery as a “false narrative.” But I don’t think they were worried in the least about his love for them. Jackson was never anything but an all-around guy.
My take on Bobby Wagner: Right player, wrong price. He was going to help strengthen the defense, so it was a pity that he landed elsewhere. But the money he gets from the rams is, in my view, more than the ravens can or should pay for a man who will turn 32 in June.
It’s funny how the Ravens’ signing of head coach John Harbaugh until 2025 didn’t eliminate Super Bowl odds, as did the Browns’ acquisition of Deshaun Watson. But what move will have the greatest impact on the North Asian Confederation? I’ll take the coach who lost two seasons in 14 years.
It seems to me more and more likely that the Ravens will either climb up the edge, a back corner or a defensive line guy in 14th overall, depending on who’s available. The latest example of the organization’s narrowing of focus was Bisciotti saying he would be “happy” with “all defensive enlistment”.
Although I am a strong proponent of strengthening the offensive line, it is difficult to argue with the logic of the defense formulation. The Ravens still need the #1 hole-back as well as the edge-back they can get after their quarterbacks. High selections in those positions can instantly become major contributors.
Having said that, I’d be surprised if the recruiting class was all defense. Ravens need a backup plan when running backwards if JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards aren’t ready on day one. I expect them to sign with a veteran, but I also expect them to set out to return.
The Ravens’ other offensive need is a tight end where he can block but also get more passes than backups last season. The complexities of the position make it difficult for beginners to contribute, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Ravens invested 3 days in trying to add this dimension.
There is no need to rush to sign that veteran who’s back. The Ravens had no idea they’d need help at the center in 2021 until injuries escalated shortly before the season, still landing Defonta Freeman, Latavius Murray and Levon Bell. Moral: You can always find a way back.