Two different Ravens sources would neither confirm nor deny the club’s interest in now-departed Philadelphia Eagles WR Hank Baskett, but both sources indicated the club could possibly take a look at him this week or next.
“We’re potentially interested,” said one source, leaving the door VERY wide open. “As with any veteran player, one of the main concerns is his health. We’d have to take a close look at that, naturally, before we even entertained whether or not he would fit in. We have a short week this week so I don’t how that plays into it all.”
Baskett could also be claimed by another team in the league or pursued by other clubs who could promise him more playing time than he might get in Baltimore.
The Ravens brought former NY Giants receiver/special teamer David Tyree in for a workout early last week but the club was concerned about his health and will “pass” on him according to a team source.
Another Ravens source today, when asked about Baskett, had little to offer and instead only replied: “We’ll see.”
Obviously, just two days after the team’s passing game helped bail out the club in their 38-24 season opening win over Kansas City, Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta aren’t going to put themselves in the position of alienating a corps of players who represented their department well on Sunday afternoon.
But Hank Baskett (career stats here) would be an interesting addition, given his relationship with John Harbaugh. He played in Philadelphia’s season opening win at Carolina last Sunday and had 1 catch for 6 yards. One NFL source told me today the club already has a Hank Baskett. “They have Kelly Washington. He’s probably a better version of Baskett, frankly.”
My guess? The club will pass on Baskett and stay with their current group of pass catchers.