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Time for some Ozzie Magic?

These are extraordinary circumstances for the Ravens, GM Ozzie Newsome could make a move

When the Ravens need a player Ozzie Newsome seems to find a way to magically make it happen. The Ravens general manager has excelled brining in key veterans and the defense could certainly use a ‘shot in the arm’ with all of the injuries to key players.

The bye week couldn’t come at a better time and team will have to find a way to improve the defense. At best the team could enter the ‘bye week’ 6-1 or at worst 5-2 if they lose this Sunday to Houston. At 5-2 that’s still pretty good shape moving forward.

The Ravens offense is one of the better units in the NFL and arguably the best balanced offense the franchise has had since it’s inception. The defense is obviously the weakest link due to injuries and the youth movement; if the unit can improve just a little bit, this team can remain a contender.

Will Ozzie Newsome look to add a veteran or two? Probably. Don’t be surprised if some free agents are added. Just throwing out a name here, but a veteran like DT Jonathan Fanene could help.  Fanene signed with the Patriots in the offseason, but was released due to a knee injury.  If fully healthy, the stout defensive tackle be a solid pickup.


Trades rarely happen for NFL teams during the season. And Ozzie Newsome hates to give away draft picks or players they have invested into. But, these are some extraordinary circumstances for the Ravens, they have to improve the the defense to truly contend in the playoffs. Further, the NFL Players Association also agreed to move the league’s trading deadline back two weeks to after games in Week 8, which makes a move highly plausible.

There are a few teams really struggling right now and will need draft picks looking ahead to next season. If the price is right, a struggling team like Kanas City or Jacksonville (both with one win) might be inclined to trade a player for pick(s). Or, some teams may want to unload a veteran who is due for a pay day.

Obviously, the Ravens come into such a transaction from a weaker standpoint (they need help quickly), so they might not get the better end of the deal.  Yet, for the immediate season, they might pull the trigger for a better chance heading into the second half of the season. If they make it into the playoffs, a bold trade (key player acquisition) could pay dividends.


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