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Should Blame Fall on the Ravens Front Office for the WR Core?

For a good read on an otherwise lackluster Sunday as training camp gets closer, check out Michael Popovec’s latest on the Ravens over at ravens24x7.com. Popovec’s latest column talks about the Ravens WR core, which of course has been the main source of discussion all week after the sudden retirement of Derrick Mason.

Popovec’s column is entitled: “Ravens’ front office can’t be blamed for current WR corps,” and here is a tidbit along with the link below to check out the rest:

It is not the fault of the Ravens entirely that they are in the spot they are if indeed Derrick Mason goes through with his retirement plans. The Ravens had no idea he would retire and likely had intentions of extending his contract beyond this year.

Let us go back for a second before all this went down. First wide receivers in free agency and those who got cut—TJ Houshmanzada, Anquan Boldin, Bobby Engram and Torry Holt were and are too similar a receiver too Mason to have warranted signing any one of them. It would be a waste to have three underneath route runners out on the field at the same time in Mason, Clayton and one of the aforementioned pass catchers.

Lavernious Coles is on the down swing of his career. Joey Galloway would have been a short-term deep threat solution and Devery Henderson would have been a nice pick up but I don’t think the Ravens even had a chance, he was going back to the Saints all the way and why not in that offense. Anyone else worth a salt was a restricted free agent like Dallas’ Miles Austin.

Click HERE to read the rest of Mike’s article


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3 Responses to “Should Blame Fall on the Ravens Front Office for the WR Core?”

  1. I have to disagree with this.

    The Ravens knew in April that Mason was coming off of surgery and Williams was still recovering his ankle. They needed a backup plan and the best they came up with was auditioning players such as Jerry Porter and DJ Hackett (who didn’t show) and ultimately signed Kelley Washington.

    It is interesting to note that since Mason was acquired via free agency in 2005 they have only addressed WR in the draft since then with Mark Clayton as the best player of that lot.

    Admittedly they addressed other need areas first (defense and O-Line) and other free agents first. But never looked to the draft even in the latter rounds to secure a player.

    The front office does a great job but when it comes to WR they seem to have the same issues that have plagued them with finding a QB until last season. They send out feelers that they are interested yet pull back and say they are happy with the current group. So which is it?

    I guess Mike wants to blame it on the rain, if you’ve got to blame it on something that is.

    • Michael Popoivec says:

      Matt,

      My point was in the last six months or so it is not the Ravens fault they are in the position they are in. Have they been weak with WR’s over the last 5 years, yes they have been no question. Bottom line in the last six months to year there were not any good solutions. There were not quality guys out there available on the whole. Those that were restricted free agents which means any deal we offer the other team had the chance to match. Second most of the guys are similar type style guys to Mason and Clayton. Outside of Joey Galloway there were not many if any quality deep threat guys. Kelley Washington could be a decent #3 and he does have verticle speed. Mason’s surgery has had nothing to do with his retirement. How expensive of a backup plan could we afford? You don’t go out and get an Anquan Boldin as a backup plan. Circumstances more than anything have played a part here and they just happen to be tough ones for the Ravens right now.

  2. Mike,

    I understood your point and I can agree to an extent. They weren’t getting TJ and a deal for Boldin at the time was too costly (picks and money) when free agency just began and they had Lewis, Scott, Brown, and Suggs to deal with.

    Joey Galloway could have been signed but the Pats got him in March.
    Kelley Washington had 1 catch in the last two seasons. That’s not a suitable backup.

    Most people would agree that Mason’s “retirement” is a contract extension ploy. I’ll be very interested to see what Ozzie does here. But I’ve noticed the retreads are out again with Hackett and Bennett getting a tryout on Friday.

    I think Ozzie has done a terrific job with the team and his hits outweigh his misses but he missed here. If Mason is truly out it would be a shame if poor receivers were to keep this team from going farther this season.

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