Kenny Golladay is still available on the free agent market. That comes as a surprise to many, but it also means he could provide value for whoever chooses to sign him. At 6-foot-4, 214 pounds, the 27-year-old is a big-bodied pass-catcher who can be a No. 1 receiving option.
Could that be in Baltimore? It’s possible.
The Ravens are apparently doing their due diligence. According to Adam Schefter with ESPN, the front office has reached out to Golladay’s agent. Considering the team’s need for a top-option for Lamar Jackson, the move would make sense.
Here’s a twist to the free-agent WRs: the Ravens have reached out to Kenny Golladay’s agent, Todd France, to inquire about the former Lions’ wideout.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2021
Now, it should be emphasized that this is just an inquiry. We don’t know how much interest Baltimore has in Golladay, and we also don’t know how much interest goes the other way. It would be an exciting marriage though.
Jackson needs more weapons. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is a nice No. 2 option, and Mark Andrews is one of the league’s top receiving tight ends. But neither are on Golladay’s level. He would certainly bring a new element to the offense.
The Ravens already signed offensive guard Kevin Zeitler, which helps solidify the interior of the offensive line. If they can add a strong third option in the passing game, Jackson might finally take that next step as a passer.
Jackson’s ability with his legs and the complementary run game and defense would easily elevate the Ravens into a top Super Bowl contender.
The losses of Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue have left a void in the pass rush, but that could be an area to address on Day 1 or 2 of the NFL draft in April. In fact, the value with this year’s edge class comes in the exact range that Baltimore will be making a pick.
So there won’t be much left to do if the offense is gifted a top-flight receiver off the free agent market.
Golladay only played in five games for the Detroit Lions this past season, but he put up back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons the two years prior. Over his last 36 games, he’s produced 2,591 yards and 18 touchdowns.
His best season came in 2019 when he hauled in 65 passes for 1,190 yards and 11 scores.
Would Golladay be willing to become a Raven though? There are some who believe the offensive system isn’t attractive to top free agent receivers. But maybe that has more to do with the options they’ve had in the passing game than the passing game itself.
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