Wednesday, October 14, 2009

As NFL trade deadline approaches, will Ravens make a move?


Back in September I posted a blog charting the progress of the wide receivers taken in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft and compared their productivity to that of Kelley Washington. Here’s an update on that comparison:

Name/Games-Catches-Yards-TDs

Darrius Heyward-Bey/5-2-36-0
Michael Crabtree/0-0-0-0
Jeremy Maclin/4-12-187-2
Hakeem Nicks/3-7-121-2
Kenny Britt/5-19-289-0
Kelley Washington/5-17-219-1

This past week the Ravens completed only 4 passes to wide receivers totaling 57 yards and no scores. All five receivers on the roster are unsigned after the 2009 season. Derrick Mason could retire; Mark Clayton said he wants to stay but there are no guarantees that he will; Kelley Washington could stick but again no one knows for sure if he will; Demetrius Williams is as good as gone and might not even last the entire season with the club; David Tyree is here for special teams only and is 50-50 at best to be around in 2010. Add it up and there is the possibility, albeit remote, that the Ravens may have an entire new group of receivers in 2010.

Many have clamored incessantly about the Ravens acquiring a receiver. Some wanted the team to draft a receiver; others said make a trade for Anquan Boldin or Brandon Marshall. After the Browns traded Braylon Edwards to the Jets and Edwards had immediate success on the national stage of Monday Night Football, others trashed Ozzie Newsome for not making a play for the former Brown, one of the league’s biggest crybabies.

Now the trade deadline is right around the corner (October 20, 4PM Eastern) and it looks like Ozzie will stand pat.

But should he?

I still maintain that the Ravens have enough this year to get on a late season roll and push towards Miami. But with a potential mess brewing at wide receiver for 2010, there’s an interesting player that could be available with little down side – Dwayne Bowe.

Bowe is in his third season. He’s 6’2” and goes 221 pounds. He’s 25 years old and is under contract for a reasonable rate (rookie contract) for the balance of this season and the next two. He was drafted with 2007’s 23rd overall pick. His signing bonus would be absorbed by the Chiefs in their cap structure with the Ravens paying out bargain basement numbers to a receiver who had 86 catches for 1,022 yards and 7 scores in his sophomore campaign.

So why would the Chiefs give up on young receiver with ample upside?

From what I hear, Chiefs’ head coach Todd Haley doesn’t like Bowe and would like to move him. The Chiefs have won 2 of their last 19 games and Haley is still looking for his first win. Given the price that the Jets paid for Edwards (two relative stiffs, a third and a fifth), the Ravens just might be able to land Bowe without giving up a No. 1 pick.

But even if Bowe does cost a No. 1, he’s proven that he can play at the NFL level. There’s no guessing and wondering like there was with Darrius Heyward-Bey. The guy can play. If the Ravens draft in the bottom third of the 2010 NFL Draft as expected and a player like Bowe was on the board and knowing that he can perform at the pro level, wouldn’t he be a solid use of a pick in the 20’s? Given that the team has no receivers signed beyond 2009 wouldn’t he solve a need?

When need and best player available collide like they did when the Ravens selected Michael Oher, you jump on it.

Trading for Dwayne Bowe should be no different if KC is willing.

Mr. Haley, Mr. Newsome calling from Baltimore on line 1…

4 comments :

Harryos29 said...

HARRY OS 29
... THE RAVENS WIDE RECEIVER PREDICAMENT, RELATES TO AN AUTOMOBILE ENGINE, WITH A CAPACITY OF 4 QUARTS OF OIL, AND WHEN YOU PULL OUT THE DIP STICK, IT shows that its 3 QUARTS LOW. OIL IS THE LIFE BLOOD OF AN ENGINE, JUST AS RECEIVERS ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF A PASSING GAME.
.. AS A rabid FAN, I'M STILL SIMMERING because the Ravens did not going after EDWARDS. We have sent BJ Sams and Priest Holmes to the Chiefs, so they must like what we have... GO Ahead ozzie, send Williams and Others out to KC and get us a Bonafied Wide Receiver that Joe Flacco can count on. It would do wonders for the Passing game, and it would give us Ravens Fans a lot more to cheer for in the 4th quarter down at the Vault HUN.

Harryos29 said...

harry os 29
.. I 'm very happy that the Ravens Signed David Tyree; That is basically a replacement for Brendan Ayanbadjio, on Special teams, however. An Immediate move is needed now. Ozzie, Call KC and get Bowe for Joe Flacco.
..where is Ashly Laleigh? Just do something..like NIKE Says.. "JUST DO IT" Do not Stand Pat on this issue.

Crazy Canton Cuts said...

if the Chiefs are dumb enough to give up Bowe = Ozzie needs to pounce

Jerry B said...

As we've commented before, TL, wide receivers have become almost as much of a "crap shoot" as QB's. However, if this Bowe guy is as good as you say, he's an obvious upgrade, so why not?! There's a guy whose initials are "T.O." who may be available also, but the baggage is somewhat.....HEAVY!!!