The New Orleans Saints declined to match the two-year offer sheet Willie Snead signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Snead is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens' wide receiver corps. Adam Schefter also mentioned how the Ravens are now out of the Dez Bryant sweepstakes after showing "initial interest".
The Ravens are going to need name tags in the wide receiver room this summer. In addition to Snead, Baltimore has signed Michael Crabtree and John Brown, and have completely revamped its receiver corps. Prior to his suspension (DUI) in 2017, Snead was one of the best up-and-coming receivers in the league, producing a combined 141 receptions for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015 and 2016. But he was a non-factor after the suspension, garnering just 16 targets in 11 games for the Saints last year. He’ll likely vie for targets with Brown behind Crabtree, who should serve as the Ravens’ top target in the passing game.
Saints restricted free agent WR Willie Snead has signed a two-year offer sheet with the Baltimore Ravens worth $10.5 million. The Saints now have five days to match the offer or let Snead become a Raven.
After adding Cameron Meredith via the same offer sheet route, it's doubtful the Saints will match Baltimore's offer. If Snead does indeed become a Raven, he will join a Baltimore WR depth chart that includes Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Breshad Perriman, and Chris Moore.
In the 11 games he played last season, Snead was an afterthought in the Saints' offense, catching more than one pass in only one game. His best game came in Week 13, when he caught both of his targets for 31 yards. Temper your expectations when it comes to Snead in fantasy drafts this year.
In an unexpected move, the Baltimore Ravens announced the signing of former Washington and Cleveland quarterback Robert Griffin III. The last time Griffin played a meaningful snap of football was in Week 17 of the 2016 NFL season.
Griffin will likely slide into the No. 2 QB role on the team, ahead of the inexperienced Josh Woodrum. It will be hard for Griffin to see much playing time, if any, in Baltimore, as incumbent starter Joe Flacco has only missed six games in his 10-year career.
In 2QB or Superflex leagues, owners might want to keep tabs on Griffin, remembering his 2012 season in which he led all QBs in rushing yards (815), but that was a long time ago.
Watson had his best statistical season as a 34-year-old Saint in 2015, catching 74 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns. Now 37, Watson rejoins his old team and should offer sneaky value as long as he can stay healthy.
Wallace has spent the last two seasons in Baltimore, with his first being more productive—72 catches for 1,017 yards and four touchdowns. Last season he produced over 150 PPR points, finishing as the No. 38 scoring receiver in the format (WR23 the year prior). Factor in Zach Ertz, and it's hard to envision Wallace being targeted a ton in the Eagles' offense next season.
A day after adding tight end Eric Ebron to their offensive, the Colts are bringing in former Washington (and almost Raven) WR Ryan Grant on a one-year deal worth $5 million. If you will recall, Grant was set to sign a free agent deal worth almost $29 million with the Ravens, but it was voided due to a failed physical.
It's been a game of musical chairs at the wide receiver position by the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. First, the Raiders released Michael Crabtree and signed Jordy Nelson, then the Ravens signed Ryan Grant (only to void the deal because of a failed physical) and then they turned around and signed Michael Crabtree. The deal between Crabtree and the Ravens is for three years, worth $21 million, and includes $11 million in guarantees.
Crabtree has spent the last three seasons in Oakland, with the first two being his most productive. In 2015, he caught 85 passes for 922 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2016, he went for 89 catches, 1,003 yards, and eight touchdowns. This past season, however, he only caught 58 passes for 618 yards, but he still managed to score eight times. He will now become the No. 1 receiving option in Baltimore's offense.
Grant's deal was a headscratcher when it was first announced, and the Ravens have been linked to recently released Michael Crabtree. It's doubtful Grant will find a deal anywhere near as lucrative as the one he was going to sign with Baltimore.
In what might be the most surprising signing of the day, financially, the Baltimore Ravens are going to sign former Washington WR Ryan Grant to a four-year deal worth $29 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed. The team brought in John Brown earlier in the day.
Ever since his breakout 2015 campaign, in which he caught 65 passes for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns, Brown has been hyped up as fantasy sleeper at the receiver position. However, that sleeper potential has never materialized, and now the soon-to-be 28-year-old WR will join an offense quarterbacked by Joe Flacco that saw only one receiver catch more than 50 passes last season—Mike Wallace (52).
But Ravens coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal when asked whether Collins earned the right to be the starter for next season or if Baltimore will look to upgrade.
"I'm looking to upgrade everything. You know that's how I'm going to answer the question," Harbaugh said. "Alex Collins has proven the fact that he can be a very good back in this league."
Collins isn't seen as a workhorse back by Baltimore. The Ravens never gave him the ball more than 20 times in a game (compared to Todd Gurley and Leonard Fournette, who combined to do so 12 times) because they didn't want to wear down a smaller frame back like Collins. There are also other issues with ball security (four fumbles) and catching the ball (three drops).
The Ravens could just be keeping their options open at running back, especially in the draft. Baltimore hasn't selected a running back in the first three rounds since Bernard Pierce in 2012, and the team could be kicking itself after passing on Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt last year.
Collins averaged 4.59 YPC, which was No. 4 in the league among running backs with at least 200 carries. If the Ravens don't make a big move at running back, Collins will likely hold draft value in the fourth or fifth round.
Maclin was doubtful with a knee injury heading into this week and won't go. Wallace could be in store for a big workload with Moore and Campanaro also chipping in.
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