Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ravens to reach for Baskett?

If you are hoping that the Ravens land recently released Eagles’ wide receiver Hank Baskett, don’t hold your breath. Due to the team’s success in 2008, twenty-five other teams are ahead of the Ravens in the pecking order to claim Baskett off waivers.

But here’s the good news/bad news on that…

Baskett comes with a $1.5millon price tag if claimed. It’s possible that all 32 teams will pass on that number for a player who has to learn a new system and one who has to work his way up the depth chart. Most teams will peg him as a fourth or fifth receiver and $1.5 million is a steep number for such a player even if he is a solid special teams contributor.

However, if Baskett clears waivers and is free to talk contract with any team, the Ravens would be interested. John Harbaugh is familiar with Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriend’s husband and from what I’ve been able to determine, Baskett’s value is considered to be on par or slightly more valuable than Demetrius Williams as an overall player. Keep in mind Williams offers nothing to special teams.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Tony - now that Baskett has cleared waivers, what is your take on the Ravens' interest. We can't go too much further into the season with 4 wides. Somebody is going to get dinged sooner or later.

Tony Lombardi said...

They are interested and given the Philly connection (Baskett-Harbaugh) and the team's deficiencies so far on special teams I believe them to be players for Baskett's services now that he has cleared waivers.

Jerry B said...

Please, no more re-treads! Speaking of Demetrius Williams, where was he last Sunday?! Have they given up on him?