The Baltimore Ravens have always been known to bring in quality free agents in the past and continued that trend today as they signed Pro Bowl WR Jeremy Maclin.
The salary for Maclin has yet to be disclosed but it’s safe to assume that the $2 million they gained by cutting Dennis Pitta helped to close the deal. He was deciding between Buffalo and Baltimore after he made visits at the end of last week with both teams but the Ravens ended up swinging him their way. It also appears that Tony Jefferson, a recent signing by the Ravens, was a big recruiter for Maclin.
Unlike the Baltimore Orioles across the street, the Ravens have historically had no problem bringing in quality veteran players (i.e. Shannon Sharpe, Rod Woodson, Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin to name a few.) The question for the Ravens now is, what’s next?
With the addition of Maclin, The Ravens Wide receiver core will now include:
- Breshad Perriman
- Mike Wallace
- Chris Moore
- Michael Campanaro
- Keenan Reynolds
This is a great signing for the Ravens because they are bringing in a receiver that has produced multiple 1,000 yard seasons during his career. Maclin will provide the team with a receiver that can run every route on the tree, go get the ball and most importantly, get open. Perriman and Wallace have great speed but the first is still unproven and the second is a one trick pony. When you have guys that can stretch the field, it allows possession guys like Maclin to get the ball over the middle and underneath and make plays after catching the ball.
Going into camp the Ravens were without their star tight end Dennis Pitta and retired veteran Steve Smith Sr. seeming to have an underwhelming receiving core. With the Maclin signing they have gone from anemic to tolerable but they can turn deadly if Joe Flacco and Marty Mornhinweg get to work immediately.