It has certainly been an eventful offseason for the Baltimore Ravens, as bettors at Maryland sportsbooks might have noticed.
Not only have the Ravens lost offensive coordinator Greg Roman, but they have allowed Lamar Jackson to test free agency via the non-exclusive franchise tag. While no team has signed Jackson to an offer sheet yet, it’s only a matter of time before that happens.
And when it does, the Ravens will have the opportunity to match the offer or accept two first-round picks in exchange for Jackson.
The Jackson situation will naturally change the perception of the Ravens at Maryland sports betting apps.
Let’s also take a look at some of the most notable free agent signings by the Ravens in recent years.
Ravens Free Agent Hits
Ravens Free Agent Misses
Quarterback Questions Loom in Baltimore
The Ravens have a lot of needs to solve this offseason and that includes the backup quarterback situation. Baltimore put the lowest restricted tender on Tyler Huntley. That means he could potentially leave this offseason and the Ravens would receive no compensation.
If Jackson leaves in free agency, it’s only fair to assume Huntley will be back as the likely starter for 2023.
But outside of quarterback, the Ravens need to work on their offense. As of Friday morning, the Ravens had not signed a single outside free agent.
The team is +2500 to win the Super Bowl at BetMGM Maryland Sportsbook.
And Baltimore has already lost guard Ben Powers to the Denver Broncos, plus Chuck Clark was moved via trade to the Jets this offseason for a seventh-round pick. The Ravens have only lost talent this offseason, not gained any, and could use some more interior offensive line help.
Other Offensive Needs Abound
Their biggest need is at wide receiver, but the market is already pretty bare and there weren’t a lot of great options to start. So what can the Ravens do at this stage of the offseason to improve the offense, and their +1500 odds with Caesars Maryland Sportsbook to capture the AFC title and reach Super Bowl 58?
Their best route might be to trade for a receiver, but options are pretty limited. Brandin Cooks and DeAndre Hopkins are available, but they have sizeable contracts. And it’s probably not in Baltimore’s best interest to trade for either player until they solve the Jackson contract dispute.
The Ravens also have several of their own free agents that need deals soon. That includes veteran defenders Marcus Peters and Justin Houston. Both have been huge contributors in the past and should return in 2023 on one-year deals.
Options Available on Defense
It also wouldn’t be a surprise if the Ravens added another veteran EDGE defender this offseason. Jadeveon Clowney, Melvin Ingram and Robert Quinn would all make sense on one-year deals if the Ravens decide to go that route. However, Baltimore might wait until after the draft before making a move like that.
The movement so far has not impressed many oddsmakers — for instance, DraftKings Maryland Sportsbook has the team at +280 odds to win the AFC North.
The Ravens historically like to play the long game in the free agent market. But this roster needs to improve significantly if the team wants to compete with the other AFC juggernauts such as the Bengals, Bills, and Chiefs. They shouldn’t wait much longer to dip their toes into the free-agent market.
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