Baltimore Ravens: Analyzing Rumored Interest in Free Agents Dixon, Brown

Shawn Brubaker@@63brubakerContributor IIApril 16, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01:  Dennis Dixon #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Carolina Panthers during their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Ravens' official website reported today that the Ravens are pursuing two free agents: center Jason Brown and quarterback Dennis Dixon.

Brown is a former Raven who played his way into a major free-agent contract with the Rams, but he unfortunately disappointed in his time in St. Louis.

Still, Brown clearly has the ability to be a starter in the NFL. He was close to dominant during his time in Baltimore, and a change of scenery could help him regain his form.

The addition of Brown would help the Ravens offensive line significantly. With a major hole at left guard, the Ravens absolutely need to find someone to fill the position.

While Jah Reid is an option already on the roster, the Ravens can't feel comfortable with a second-year converted tackle manning the left guard position. With the Ravens being a legitimate Super Bowl contender, they can't afford to take such a major risk along their offensive line.

Brown could be the player to step in and start at left guard. While he is a minor downgrade from Ben Grubbs, Brown is still a quality starter who the Ravens could get at a bargain price.

Further, the upside is there for Brown to become a starter along the Ravens line for at least a few years.

While the Ravens have only offered a one-year deal, players have been known to play their way into bigger deals. Brown could be a candidate to do just that, potentially taking over for Matt Birk in the future.

The interest in Dixon is a little more surprising, but it actually makes a lot of sense.

Worth noting is that the Ravens are very high on Tyrod Taylor, who they view as a legitimate backup quarterback in the NFL. Taylor flashed immense talent during training camp and the preseason, but he is still raw and unproven at the highest level.

Dixon has a similar skill set to Taylor, with great athleticism and solid arm strength, but he also possesses Taylor's rawness.

The main difference between the two is simply experience. Dixon has started in the NFL, whereas Taylor has only played a handful of snaps.

Dixon was solid in his few NFL games, and he showed the ability to, at the very least, be a long-term solution as a backup. He also has the athletic capability to help out as a Wildcat quarterback or even a slot receiver if the Ravens choose to go that route.

All in all, both of these rumors are great to hear for Ravens fans. These would be two under-the-radar signings that could pay big dividends in 2012.

Now, the Ravens simply need to close the deal.