Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who is the team’s most persistent -- although not overly successful -- recruiter, set his sights on one of the highest-profile free agents available.
“OBJ Looks like a Raven to me is all I’m saying,” Humphrey tweeted Monday.
This is quite the endorsement from Humphrey, who once pinned down Odell Beckham Jr. in a 2019 scuffle and appeared to put his hands on Beckham’s throat. But Humphrey’s social media post underscores the point that the Ravens desperately need to add a proven wide receiver. While the national attention has been on quarterback Lamar Jackson’s nonexclusive franchise tag and his ability to negotiate with other teams, Baltimore has to figure out how to provide Jackson -- or whoever lines up under center -- another outside target.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after the season that adding pass-catchers is a priority -- “the one area that needs to be built is the wide receiver room” -- and the options to upgrade the NFL’s least productive wide receiver group have certainly dwindled a week into free agency. There have been 24 wide receivers signed in free agency, and two others traded -- Brandin Cooks to the Cowboys and DJ Moore to the Bears -- which has reduced what was already a thin class.
The Ravens face a couple of challenges in signing or trading for a wide receiver. Baltimore ranks in the bottom 10 in cap space (around $7 million) because Jackson’s $32 million franchise tag accounts for 15% of its salary cap. The Ravens also have limited draft capital to execute a trade with five total picks, which are tied for the second fewest in the NFL.