Stay or Go? Baltimore Ravens Edition

Terrell Suggs, Linebacker, stay. 

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Suggs, although still playing in the NFL at age 36, is still very productive rushing the passer. Being the cause of lost sleep in quarterbacks and offensive coaches since 2003, there isn’t a logical reason for the Ravens to allow their all-time sacks leader to test the open market.

John Brown, Wide Receiver, stay. 

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Brown looked to be a good fit and looked to be being utilized in a way to maximize his skills with the Ravens in 2018. On a small one-year, $5 million contract, Brown was efficient and effective stretching the field as a deep threat, averaging a career high 17 yards per reception. Baltimore should not have to spend much time deciding if Brown is worth keeping around as he is a scoring threat on every go route.

C.J. Mosley, Linebacker, stay.

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Is this even a question? Since being drafted by the Ravens in 2014, Mosley has been arguably one of the best and most impactful players in a wildly young and talented defense. The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker recorded 105 tackles, 0.5 sacks, one interception and five passes defended in 2018.

Robert Griffin III, Quarterback, stay.

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Griffin was Baltimore’s third-string quarterback in 2018, but that shouldn’t stop the Ravens from retaining the former first-round pick. With veteran Joe Flacco all but officially out of Baltimore, Griffin is a much cheaper option and possesses a similar skill set to that of new starter Lamar Jackson. Griffin’s six NFL seasons of experience and near identical play style will greatly benefit a raw, yet tremendously promising talent in Lamar Jackson.

Maxx Williams, Tight End, go.

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The writing has been on the wall here since last April. Baltimore selected not one, but two tight ends in the 2018 NFL Draft in first-rounder Hayden Hurst and third-rounder Mark Andrews. A former second-round pick, Williams never panned out in Baltimore, his best NFL season coming as a rookie in 2015 where he recorded an underwhelming 32 receptions for 268 yards and one touchdown.

Brent Urban, Defensive End, stay.

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Urban does one thing, and does it well for the Ravens: his job. A rotational player that does his damage on running downs, Urban started all sixteen games for the first time in his career in 2018. The 28-year-old recorded a 27 tackles and 0.5 sacks this past season.

Ty Montgomery, Running Back, go. 

Nov 25, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery (88) rushes by Oakland Raiders defensive end Fadol Brown (95) during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Montgomery joined the Ravens following a mid-season trade from the Green Bay Packers just days after a costly fumble which resulted in the Packers losing a nail biter against the Los Angeles Rams. In six games with the Ravens, the receiver-turned-running-back had 83 rushing yards on 15 carries and 65 yards on 10 receptions. While Montgomery can sometimes be effective as a third down, change of pace type of player, Baltimore can save some cap space by looking to fill that spot in the NFL Draft.

Za’Darius Smith, Edge, stay.

Each season he’s been in the league, Smith has only improved as a pass rusher. He especially delivered under the pressure of a contract year in 2018, recording career highs in sacks (8.5), total tackles (45), tackles for loss (10), and QB hits (25). Smith’s 2018 campaign is more impressive when you factor in that he only started in eight games.

Javorius “Buck” Allen, Running Back, stay. 

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Allen saw a significant decrease in usage in a contract year, seeing his carries fall from 153 in 2017 to just 41 in 2018. Despite 112 less carries following a career best season a year prior, Allen is still a useful player for the Ravens. The 27-year-old does the majority of his damage in short yardage situations, often being called upon to give lead back Alex Collins a breather as there isn’t a big difference in Allen and Collins’ downhill runner skill sets.

Alex Collins, Running Back, stay. 

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Collins, a 2017 practice squad edition by the Ravens, fought his way onto the 53-man roster and ultimately the starting job in 2017. Collins showed the Ravens they made a great decision in naming him the lead back, totalling 973 yards on 212 carries and six touchdowns. Collins was less productive in 2018, rushing for 411 yards on 114 totes, but turned in a career high seven touchdowns. The 25-year-old bruiser back is a restricted free agent, but Baltimore should not hesitate to match any offer sheets Collins may sign.

Patrick Onwuasor, Linebacker, stay. 

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Onwuasor is arguably one of the most versatile players on the Ravens’ roster. Not only does Onwuasor stand out as a special teamer, he is almost always making plays when he’s in on defense. Players that provide their team with playmaking ability on defense and special teams as consistently as Onwausor does shouldn’t even sniff the open market.

Matt Skura, Center, stay.

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Skura, a 2016 undrafted free agent, was frequently cut and signed again by the Ravens. Baltimore signed Skura to its practice squad in September of 2017 and later elevated him onto the 53-man roster. Skura started 12 games for the Ravens in 2017 and impressed, only committing one penalty. Skura followed a solid 2017 campaign by starting all 16 games in 2018. The 25-year-old center is one of the best on Baltimore’s line and he should be rewarded with a fresh new contract this Spring.

Gus Edwards, Running Back, stay.

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Edwards a pleasant surprise for the Ravens — and fantasy football owners like myself — in 2018. The undrafted rookie back started six games, handling 137 carries for 718 yards and two touchdowns. The 24-year-old is an Exclusive Rights Free Agent, which gives Baltimore even more of a reason to keep him for 2019, given how cheap ERFA contract tenders are.

Michael Pierce, Defensive Tackle, stay.

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Pierce has a glaring similarity to teammate Brent Urban: he does his job, and does it well. Pierce only recorded 32 tackles in 2018, but he has been fantastic in one particular category that you won’t find on the stat sheet: eating up double teams and opening up gaps for his linebackers. Pierce knows how to use every bit of his 6-foot, 340 pound frame to his advantage and can be a game wrecker inside at times.

Sources: https://www.spotrac.com, https://www.pro-football-reference.com.

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