The signing is not even official yet, so this blog could be premature but I’m going to write it anyway. (Update: Signing official for 2 years) I have to say when I heard the news that the Ravens were going to sign Bernard Pollard I thought, “oh ok not a big deal, he’s alright.” If we do sign him I am interested to see what we are paying him and comparing that to Dawan Landry’s pay with the Jaguars.
I decided I was going to check out Pollard’s stats and see how they compared to Landry’s to see if we were really upgrading because I felt really confident in the safeties we have on the roster in Haruki N and Tom Z. I am actually pretty confused by the signing.
When you look at the numbers Landry and Pollard are seriously about as close as you can get from the time they both entered the league in 2006. Pollard over his career has 411 combined tackles with 7 interceptions,10 forced fumbles and 21 pass defenses. Over the same time, Landry has 362 combined tackles with 9 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and 24 pass deflections. Last season was scary close. Pollard has 111 tackles with 2.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and no interceptions. Landry had 111 tackles with 1 sack and 1 forced fumble, with no interceptions. So overall Pollard had a better season than Landry last year and arguably has been a better player over his career.
Based on rumors Pollard will be getting about $2.5-2.8 million for this season. Landry got a 5 years at $27.5 million, with $10.5 million guaranteed. So despite my belief that one of our two safeties could have done the job, the signing basically replaces Landry for a much cheaper price. At 26, it is worth the shot on Pollard, perhaps he can blossom in Baltimore. I don’t like that we may not be giving one of our safeties a chance to prove themselves as a starter and a NFL safety.
The signing to me is not a great signing but Oz did just replace a player that many in Baltimore thought highly of with a player that is just as good as him for much less money. It is a good signing and smart money if the goal was to replace Landry’s production. We shall see how all of this plays out and if the signing even becomes official. Pollard is known as a big hitter, similar to Landry. The downside is he has been known to struggle in pass protection, much the same as Landry. Wow, we really just re-signed Dawan Landry for a much cheaper contract.
I’m still holding out hope that the Ravens will sign Malcom Floyd and bring in the big stretch-the-field, red-zone target that we need on this team. I know he has not caught a lot of passes throughout his career but he is a good piece opposite Boldin and fitting in with Smith, Doss, and Dickson. Finally, we won’t have the same receiver at all spots on the field.