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2016 Baltimore Ravens Free Agency Preview

The Baltimore Ravens have certainly had a disappointing 2015 season so far. With a record off 1-5 it is very unlikely the Ravens will be able to advance to the postseason. The Ravens roster has many holes that will be able to be filled via free agency in 2016.

The Ravens biggest holes are at wide receiver and in the secondary. Luckily, 2016 will include many big-name free agents that would fit the Ravens system exceptionally well.

Next year, the Ravens will be losing veteran receiver Steve Smith Sr. to retirement. He is the Ravens current number one receiver.  Behind him, the Ravens do not have many options; fortunately, there is a variety of options at wide receiver in next year’s free agent class that can help replace the savvy veteran.

One option is Chicago Bears wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery. This would make sense as current offensive coordinator, Marc Trestman, was the former head coach of Jeffery. He is a large target standing at 6 feet 3 inches, which is good as Flacco has had success with larger wide receivers.

Another interesting option is T.Y. Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts; he is a much different player than Alshon Jeffery as he is smaller but extremely fast. His speed is something the Ravens are lacking currently on their roster. It is uncertain if the Colts will be willing to allow T.Y. to test the market, but if he does, don’t be surprised to see the Ravens interested.

The second hole on the Ravens’ roster is in the secondary. The Ravens do not have many cornerbacks to complement the talents of former first-round draft pick Jimmy Smith.

For many years, this secondary unit has been plagued with injuries causing them to perform poorly. Injuries to the secondary have consistently occurred which has unshadowed the issues they have with depth in the secondary.

One name that sticks out as a potential 2016 free agent signing is Adam “PacMan” Jones. The Ravens know him all too well as he is a member of fellow AFC North rival, the Cincinnati Bengals. Jones is a proven veteran who can double as a cornerback and special teams player.

The Ravens have a history of bringing in wise veterans who can play both special teams and defense, such as cornerback Corey Graham. Adam Jones would certainly add a much-needed boost to this secondary unit in the 2016 season.

The Ravens have a strong foundation. They have many young players full of potential, and with a few additions, they could become a viable Super Bowl contender for the 2016 season.

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