The Baltimore Ravens played outstanding last season, finishing off with the best record in the NFL. However, their season came to a disappointing end after losing in the Divisional Round against the Tennessee Titans.
The Ravens are currently $27.7 million under the salary cap, according to Over the Cap. Nonetheless, all of their offensive starters will be under contract heading into next season.
Let’s take a look at three underrated free agents the Ravens should target this offseason.
Robby Anderson, Wide Receiver
Baltimore will certainly need to sign a playmaking wide receiver this offseason. The Ravens’ wide receiver core lacked consistency last season, as they dropped many passes.
Nonetheless, one underrated wide receiver the Ravens should sign is 26-year-old Robby Anderson. This past season, Anderson played exceptionally well, catching 52 passes for 779 yards and five touchdowns. Anderson has already proven that he can make plays in his time with the New York Jets.
Anderson is expected to earn a contract worth $10 million per year. However, signing him will significantly improve the Ravens’ offense next season.
Cory Littleton, Linebacker
Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon had a career season last year, averaging 9.5 sacks, 33 QB hits, and four forced fumbles. However, he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent and is expected to earn a pricey deal worth $17 million per season.
If Baltimore isn’t able to re-sign him this offseason, they should pursue linebacker Cory Littleton. Last season, Littleton led the Los Angeles Rams in tackles (134) while recording two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 3.5 sacks.
Littleton also hasn’t missed a game in his four-year career with the Rams. Nonetheless, Littleton is expected to receive a contract worth somewhere around $11 million per year.
Brandon Scherff, Offensive Guard
The Ravens offensive line had a tremendous season, as they were ranked second-best in the league, according to PFF. However, general manager Eric DeCosta will most likely need to find replacements for their offensive line this offseason.
13-year veteran Marshall Yanda could potentially retire this offseason. In addition, center Matt Skura most likely won’t be ready for the season opener after suffering a season-ending ACL injury in November.
One player Baltimore should look to sign is three-time Pro Bowl selection Brandon Scherff. Scherff would certainly strengthen the Ravens’ offensive with his stellar skills. The Ravens should be aware that Scherff is prone to injury, as he missed 15 games over the past three years. Nonetheless, the 28-year-old will be an underrated addition for the Ravens offense.