3 Veteran Free Agents the Baltimore Ravens Should Bring in for Training Camp
For a team like the Baltimore Ravens that was in the conference title game last year, on the surface, it wouldn't seem like they're in need of much help. Looking at their core of a young head coach, quarterback and running back (all of whom joined the Ravens in 2008), it would seem like they are just fine.
While that may be true at the beginning of the 2012 regular season, the Ravens have work to do right now.
You probably know about Terrell Suggs' injury he suffered last month. You may also know about how people have questioned Ed Reed's level of commitment heading into this season (which I think is ridiculous).
The bottom line is Baltimore, while talented and fairly young as a whole, should make every effort to better itself before its season begins on September 10th against the Cincinnati Bengals.
While there aren't many players in free agency that are of starting caliber, here are three unrestricted free agents I think the Ravens should bring into their training camp.
If you know me or have read my work, you know I believe Joe Flacco is a franchise quarterback that is getting better and better, and there is no reason the Ravens should look elsewhere. That said, you can always use a solid veteran backup.
After all, McNabb has gained over 40,000 total yards of offense throughout his career. He's got to be worth a look.
E.J. Henderson, Inside Linebacker (Vikings)
E.J. Henderson went to high school 35 miles away from M&T Bank Stadium (Aberdeen), so if his phone rang and he heard his agent saying he has a chance to play alongside Ray Lewis, Henderson would have to think about it.
Henderson recorded over 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons, and the Ravens could use that kind of production in the middle of their defense. Whether Lewis retires this year or not, Baltimore's base defense employs two inside linebackers, making it a priority for the front office to add depth at that position.
Henderson has played nine years in the NFC North, so he's used to physical games played in poor weather.
Aubrayo Franklin, Defensive Tackle (Saints)
While the Ravens are fairly deep along the defensive line, they could always use more help. Aubrayo Franklin was a fifth-round pick of the Ravens in 2003. While he played in 36 games for Baltimore, he made only one start.
From there, Franklin played in San Francisco for four years, before signing with the Saints prior to the 2011 season.
Franklin's best year of his career was 2008, when he made 46 tackles and forced two fumbles. He's a run-stuffer who knows what it's like to play on elite defenses.
While this is by no means an area of concern for the Ravens, Franklin knows what it means to play Ravens football. With all that's been going on with the Saints, Franklin may just want to start over and come back to Baltimore.
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