Report: Willie Snead Will Play for Ravens After Saints Decline to Match Contract

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2018

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 03:  Willie Snead #83 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball during a game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 3, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Ravens signed Willie Snead to a two-year, $10.4 million offer sheet, and the New Orleans Saints have decided against matching the contract, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Undrafted out of Ball State, Snead bounced around from team to team before finding a home in Louisiana near the end of the 2014 season. Snead won a roster spot with a strong training camp the following year and has since become a playmaker in Sean Payton's offense.

In three seasons with the Saints, the 5'11", 195-pound receiver hauled in 149 catches for 1,971 yards and seven touchdowns.

Snead averaged 939 yards and 3.5 touchdowns during his first two seasons with New Orleans. Last year was a rough one, which was unfortunate for him with free agency looming. The 25-year-old was suspended for the first three games of the 2017 season for violating the league's policy on substance abuse. He caught just eight passes for 92 yards in 11 games.

New Orleans was one Minnesota Miracle away from a spot in the NFC Championship Game last season. Looking to build on that success, the team helped quarterback Drew Brees by adding Josh Huff, Cameron Meredith and Benjamin Watson in free agency. 

Those additions made Snead expendable, especially following his disappointing season. 

Meanwhile, Snead should help Baltimore improve a passing attack that ranked 29th in the league last season. The Ravens have already added Michael Crabtree, John Brown and DeVier Posey to help Joe Flacco move the ball. 

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