What would a perfect offseason look like for the Baltimore Ravens?
The Baltimore Ravens’ 2019 season was strong, but again they were shocked in the playoffs. The Ravens came in as the top seed in the AFC, but the Tennessee Titans were too much for them. The Titans defense found a way to frustrate Lamar Jackson, allowing him and the Baltimore offense to only score 12 points.
Jackson will be heading into his third season next year, and it’s time for the team to have postseason success. It doesn’t matter if the team goes 16-0 during the regular season. If the Ravens get bounced early in the postseason, it will be another failing season.
For the Ravens to make that happen, they need to have a big offseason. Let’s break down what a perfect offseason would look like for the Ravens.
Sign Kyle Van Noy
According to spotrac.com, the Ravens are projected to have almost $33 million in cap space heading into the 2020 offseason.
Last season, the Ravens really struggled to make up for the loss of C.J. Mosley, and it needs to be a priority to bring in a solid inside linebacker.
One guy who makes a lot of sense is New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who has been a standout for the franchise. Van Noy posted a career-high 6.5 sacks during the 2019 season, and although he is probably going to cost a large amount of money, he is worth it.
Re-sign or franchise tag Matthew Judon
Matthew Judon finished the 2019 season with 9.5 sacks and losing him would be a devastating blow to the defense.
Signing Judon to a long-term option should be the goal, but if they can’t get that done, placing the franchise tag on him has to be done.
Trade or sign for Cordarrelle Patterson
Cordarrelle Patterson is still under contract for one more season with the Chicago Bears, but the team could cut him with little penalty. If the team decides to keep him, the Ravens need to try and work out a trade to get him on their squad.
The Ravens ranked 30th in kick return average last season, and it was one of the biggest weaknesses of the team. He also could be another piece in the offense that teams would have to gameplan against. He can catch the ball, be used on trick plays, and also line up as a running back.
If the team can’t find a way to get Patterson on the roster, they need to find a kick returner.