While most teams are still probably picking their jaws off the floor after Tom Brady's shocking return, the Baltimore Ravens are keeping busy in the offseason.
Last week, the Ravens already tendered backup quarterback Tyler Huntley, who started four games last season. He had a pretty decent campaign despite limited exposure, finishing with 1081 passing yards, 294 rushing yards, and five total touchdowns. The team has also released cornerback Tavon Young and put offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva on the reserve list.
The Ravens, however, have to make a big splash in free agency, and while teaming up with star quarterback Lamar Jackson is always a good idea for other players, the signal-caller himself was sheepish about recruiting big-name guys. He said in jest on Twitter that he's letting his bosses do the offseason moves.
Every time I done reached out they end up going to a divisional opponent soooo I let the front office handle their job🤣🤝 https://t.co/0bOrip9ikN
— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) March 14, 2022
Last season was a whirlwind one for the 25-year-old Jackson. He contracted COVID-19 at the start of training camp and then ended the campaign with an ankle injury, forcing him to sit out their four remaining games. The Ravens failed to advance to the NFL Playoffs with an 8-9 record.
The former MVP is guaranteed $23 million for the upcoming season. The Ravens, meanwhile, have $15.72 million in cap space and could splurge on key signings.
One guy who is rumored to be pursued by the Ravens is free agent linebacker Za'Darius Smith. He played for the squad from 2015 to 2018 before suiting up for the Green Bay Packers for the past three seasons.