After the Baltimore Ravens allowed Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to throw for 469 yards and six touchdowns on Sunday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh felt compelled to explain what went wrong with the long touchdown passes that allowed the Dolphins allowed them to rebound from a 35-14 deficit on their way to a 42-38 win. It is that fifth time As of Week 1 of last season, the Ravens have rushed for 400 yards or more, making them the only team to have rushed for 400 yards or more more than once in that span.
Of course, injuries have played a crucial role in defensive errors, as was the case on Sunday when the Ravens had to rely on a trio of rookie defensemen to finish (try) the game. That helps explain why Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox is pushing the Ravens to acquire six-year-old cornerback Sidney Jones IV from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a 2023 5th-round pick, even though his trading history suggests he might be for less is acquired.
“While the Ravens have cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters after both missed time in 2021 … they lost Kyle Fuller to a cruciate ligament tear for the year. As Sunday’s result shows, Baltimore’s cornerback depth is still in question,” Knox wrote.
However, “It would be fitting for the Ravens to trade for a starting XI corner, and Sidney Jones IV seems like a prime candidate,” Knox adds, arguing that the Seahawks don’t appear to be a playoff contender, particularly after the 7-27 draw. Losing to the San Francisco 49ers this weekend.
“Jones is playing on a one-year, $3.6 million contract (with a salary of $1.62 million according to Spotrac.com), and unless the Seahawks are fighting, it would be logical to defer that salary. The Ravens, who have $4.7 million in cap space left, could[take over the contract]while strengthening their depth in the secondary,” concludes Knox.
If the Ravens made such a trade, they would get a 2017 second-round pick, who won a Super Bowl in his rookie year with the Eagles. The 26-year-old California native played for three years at Philadelphia before being released by the Eagles in September 2020. But he soon caught up with Jacksonville, appearing in nine games (with six starts) for the Jaguars in 2021. Jags traded him on August 31, 2021 for a 2022 6th-round pick to Seattle.
Jones played in 16 games (with 11 starts) for the Seahawks in 2021 and “enabled an opposing passer rating of just a reporting 84.3 last season,” as noted by Knox. And for what it’s worth, he received an overall 70.2 score from Pro Football Focus (PFF) in 2021 and has a 77.2 score so far in 2022.
All told, Jones – who stands 6ft tall and weighs 186lbs – has 48 games of regular-season experience, including 25 starts. He was credited with 143 total tackles (109 solo) plus four interceptions, 29 passes defended, four tackles for losses and one forced fumble, according to Pro Football Reference. He caught nine passes during his 40-game collegiate career with the Washington Huskies.