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Ravens named as “Perfect Fit” for All-Pro looking to trade

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Thanks to the productive offseason so far, there aren’t many weak points in the Baltimore Ravens roster. The Ravens added talent to the defensive backfield and both sides of the trenches during free agency and the 2022 NFL draft.

New arrivals combined with key players returning from lengthy injury layoffs from last season mean the Ravens are loaded. If there’s a suspicious area, it’s a wide receiver.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson is missing a goal in this passing game. The problem was compounded by the decision to sell Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown to the Arizona Cardinals during the draft.

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Jackson was close to Brown, but the Ravens can soften the blow to their franchise’s face by adding an All-Pro to the receiving corps. It’s the brainchild of a writer who believes Baltimore is the ideal landing place for a roving weapon that wants to be traded.

Acquiring one of the best receivers on the market would require a significant bid, but that shouldn’t deter the Ravens, according to CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin.

He thinks San Francisco 49ers offense captain Deebo Samuel is worth it: “The 49ers rightly won’t give him up for a lenient offer, but if Deebo sticks with his desire to relocate and expands his position in the summer, eventually they will be more proactive in trade talks. Baltimore is a perfect fit, not just because their run-based offense could get Samuel moving or because Lamar Jackson needs more guns after Marquise Brown’s trade, but because Deebo would fulfill his apparent desire to be closer to home in South Carolina.

Samuel would quickly move on to the Ravens’ plans, both on the ground and in the air. He redefined his role and position with the Niners in 2021, becoming as dynamic as a running back as he was as a receiver.

AP All-Pro honors were his reward for 77 catches for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns, 59 carries for 365 yards and eight points. As numbers out PFF fantasy football proving that Samuel never lacked for big wins in either phase:

Ironically, Samuel’s achievement as a runner that made him a star a year ago is one reason he wants to leave San Francisco. His initial desire to be traded was originally reported by ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.

Details followed the report NFL Network’s Ian Rapoportwho “revealed questions and frustrations from his (Samuel’s) point of view about its use.”

That could be a disappointment for Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who likes to emphasize running play with as many playmakers as possible. However, Roman will also know that Jackson needs a marquee option when he gets the ball airborne.

The Ravens are missing one of those after Brown, who surpassed 1,000 yards in 2021, was dealt the Cardinals for a first round selection. Jackson’s remaining options include sophomore Rashod Bateman, who averaged 11.2 yards on 46 receptions as a rookie.

Besides Bateman there is an unconvincing group with Devin Duvernay, James Proche II and Tylan Wallace. They combined for just 51 catches and two touchdowns last season, according to Pro Football Reference.

There’s an obvious need for a receiver of Samuel’s skill set, but the Ravens need to act quickly as the 49ers have already received offers from other parts of the league.

The 49ers submitted bids during the draft, including one from the New York Jets. They offered the 10th overall pick and a fifth-rounder, according to Matt Barrows the athlete.

Meanwhile Rapoport told rich iron The Detroit Lions offered “a one and a three.”

The 49ers weren’t impressed enough by either offer, so the Ravens would have to put more on the table to make a splash. It won’t be easy, as 49ers general manager John Lynch spoke to KNBR and said any issues between the team and Samuel are “not insurmountable,” according to the media station’s beatwriter Jake Hutchinson:

Lynch’s words came after a recent statement from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, who recounted it Stand up Samuel is “buried” about the idea of ​​moving on.

The Ravens are an obvious potential trading partner after general manager Eric DeCosta didn’t use any of his 11 draft picks to hit a wide receiver. Leaving the situation as it is now likely won’t encourage Jackson to finally sign a long-term contract extension.

The 49ers submitted bids during the draft, including one from the New York Jets. They offered the 10th overall pick and a fifth-rounder, according to Matt Barrows the athlete.

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