Inside The Bills

Ravens need a wideout

Posted by Chris Brown on July 14, 2009 – 12:36 pm

With the surprising announcement by Derrick Mason that he’s retiring, the Baltimore Ravens are suddenly in desperate need for receiving help for young quarterback Joe Flacco. And I know one team that has a surplus of talent, should they not like anything on the free agent market.

Truthfully though there’s still a lot of good talent on the market right now. I think the best fit for the Ravens would be Amani Toomer. Big, tall wideout with veteran savvy who can still catch 60-75 passes for you and get you 6 touchdowns.

Plaxico Burress (legal issues), Marvin Harrison (too old) and Matt Jones (drug problems) are other options, but all of them have warts. Jerry Porter is another vet out there. Toomer is the fit as I see it.

If not the Ravens may look to make a trade and the Bills have a cupboard full of quality receivers. I think the top 3 (Evans, Owens, Reed) are untouchable. Reed has too good a rapport with Edwards, who relies on him heavily. Anyone after that I believe is fair game should the Ravens come calling.

It would be hard not to see Baltimore looking to land a veteran wideout. With Mason retired Baltimore has just Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams with their third receiver being Marcus Smith according to the Baltimore Sun. The only true vets after Buffalo’s top three are Roscoe Parrish and Justin Jenkins.

I think the Ravens will talk to Toomer first and go from there. And yes I know Mason said he’s only 99% sure, but Marv Levy always said, “If you’re thinking about retirement, you’re already retired.”


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