After people who wear sunglasses indoors and swiss cheese, there is nothing I hate more than people that immediately ask me about the Ravens signing every single veteran that hits the market. However, when I heard the Indianapolis Colts aren’t planning on bringing back 7x Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney I asked myself that exact question. There are several reasons that this could be a guy the Baltimore Ravens front office would consider bringing to Charm City.
Yes I know….Freeney had a down year. He only played in 12 games due to injuries and he finished 2012 with only five sacks. However, he’s only 32 years old and could be the effective pass rusher the Ravens have been looking for. Between 2009-2011 he had 32 sacks. In the NFL free agency market you need to buy-low and that’s exactly what signing Freeney would be. People forgot how dominant he was since he didn’t dominant last season. The value for a guy like Paul Kruger is through the roof, even though he did virtually nothing during his first three seasons in the league.
Imagine Freeney in the Ravens defensive scheme. We’ve seen players like Bernard Pollard and Corey Graham come to Baltimore and flourish. We’ve also seen guys like Adalius Thomas and Bart Scott leave town only to never be heard from again. In the NFL, talent is a huge reason for individual success but so is the system you play in.
The Ravens don’t exactly have a ton of cap space to be signing former NFL Defensive Players of the Year. Well let me rephrase that….the Ravens don’t have the cap space to sign anyone at the moment. They have Flacco’s deal on the horizon and several key free agents of their own. With that said, Ozzie Newsome is better than anyone at working with what he has and there will likely be some veterans released while others are asked to restructure their contracts.
If the Ravens can maneuver around their current cap dilemma and they lose Kruger via free agency, I hope they take a chance on a guy like Dwight Freeney. He’s still got plenty left in the tank and I have a feeling he’ll be motivated to play for a veteran team fresh off a Super Bowl victory. Come to Baltimore Dwight. We’d love to see you wearing purple next season and driving Big Ben’s face into the turf.