Baltimore Ravens: 2 RFA visiting, Ravens Continue to Build at Wide Receiver
The Baltimore Ravens are still looking fill the wide receiver position in free agency. Even after signing John Brown and Michael Crabtree last week. The team is hosting restricted free agents Cameron Meredith and Willie Snead.
The Baltimore Ravens missed out on tight end Eric Ebron (who signed with the Indianapolis Colts on 3/19) but are still looking for more pass catchers in free agency. Here is the link to my Baltimore Ravens Free Agency Tracker that has all the transactions the Ravens have made this month so far and my thoughts on those signings and/ or cuts they made last week during the first week of Free Agency. While they could sign recently cut former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns, he has not had plans to visit with the Ravens yet so this post will be out these two restricted free agent wide receivers instead.
Ravens hosting two restricted free agent receivers: the Saints’ Willie Snead and the Bears’ Cameron Meredith. Most of visits will be tomorrow.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) March 21, 2018
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead (Restricted Free Agent) visited Baltimore on 3/21. Chicago Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith (Restricted Free Agent) will visit on 3/22, according to Jeff Zrebiec.
The Baltimore Ravens have around $9.25 million in cap space after signing free agent wide receivers Michael Crabtree and John Brown last week. While they might not be able to afford someone like Allen Hurns, who is visiting the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets this week, the Ravens could match with the Bears or Saints for one of their restricted free agent wide receivers if they do not value them greater than what their tender is, which is around $1.97 mil for both Cameron Meredith and Willie Snead according to Spotrac. In case one of them signs with the Ravens by the end of this week, here are some interesting tidbits about both of them and how they would fit into the Baltimore Ravens offense.
Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears
The 6’3″ wide receiver went undrafted out of Illinois State in 2015. Hence, he did not have much impact in 2015. Also as he was buried on the depth chart. In 2016, he was behind wide receivers like Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal, and former 1st round pick Kevin White from 2015. Cameron Meredith was one of the rising young receivers after his sophomore season in 2016. He had 66 catches and 888 receiving yards starting only 10 games with 4 receiving touchdowns. In 2016, he was the top receiver for the Chicago Bears. However, he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the 3rd preseason game of 2017. If Baltimore signs Meredith, he would give Joe Flacco another big target in the red zone next to Michael Crabtree. In fact, he has a lot of upside coming off his injury (only 25 years old).
Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans
The 5’11” wide receiver out of Ball State was an undrafted free agent that signed with the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers in 2014 but eventually was a starter for the New Orleans Saints once he was cut from those teams. Willie Snead did not make an impact until 2015 when he caught 69 passes for 984 yards with 3 touchdowns. He followed up his best statistical season with more catches and touchdowns (72 catches and 4 touchdowns). However, he had less receiving yards (895 yards). Snead had almost no impact in 2017. The league suspended him for PEDs for 3 games and started in only 7 games. Even though the DUI is a red flag, he will most likely be easier to target. The Saints may not value the 25-year-old receiver enough to match with the Ravens. Snead can play in the slot with Crabtree and Brown on the outside.