The Baltimore Ravens are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2021 season that saw them go 8-9 and miss the playoffs for the first time since 2017. They’ve already made some moves to solidify their roster, but a player who would have visited with team on Friday could have a huge impact if brought into the organization.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, inside linebacker Bobby Wagner traveled to Baltimore to meet the Ravens. Wagner was released by the Seattle Seahawks after spending 10 years with the organization, earning six All-Pro honors and many other accolades.
Despite turning 32 at the start of the 2022 season, Wagner is still one of the best players in his position. He is an excellent tackler, solid in his coverage, and would provide Baltimore with a true field general in the middle of his defense. The veteran also has championship experience, winning one Super Bowl and playing in another with Seattle.
So far, the Ravens’ free agent moves have included signing safety Marcus Williams, offensive tackle Morgan Moses, defensive lineman Michael Pierce and re-signing fullback Patrick Ricard. They’ve done a good job of meeting some of their needs, but there are still others that need to be filled, including the inside linebacker position.
At this point in the offseason, Baltimore should still be looking to add another “needle mover” to their team, especially after Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith pushed the team away at the last minute. While the Ravens have bigger needs, like on the edge and at cornerback to name a few, inside linebacker is one area where they would benefit from the addition of a star.
Wagner would line up next to Baltimore inside linebacker Patrick Queen, and the two would be a phenomenal duo. Queen is entering their third season, and having such an accomplished veteran as Wagner alongside them would do wonders for a player who has already shown enormous potential.
The veteran inside linebacker also represents one of the best names left in the free agent market in 2022. It looks like the Ravens could get plenty of quality talent in other needed positions come draft weekend, like in the secondary or the pass rusher.
Wagner has the makings of a signing Baltimore would make. He is an accomplished player who has been released, there is still plenty left in the tank and he would be part of the team. The price should be right, but if so, Wagner feels like a no-brainer for the Ravens.