Cost-Effective Boldin Replacements

March 12, 2013 | Brett Dickinson

Cost-Effective Boldin Replacements

As the aftermath of the Anquan Boldin trade coincides with the start of Free Agency, the Ravens may look to some guys off the street to fill his role. Even with his departure, the team is still strapped against the cap because of the amount of their own Free Agents (Unrestricted and Restricted) on the roster. With holes at vital positions such as Left Tackle, Middle Linebacker and Defensive Line, the Ravens will probably look for some cost effective options for a veteran presence, while drafting a player with big upside in April.

Here is a look at possible veteran wide outs that the Ravens could consider:

Early Doucet
Former Team: Arizona Cardinals
2012-2013 Stats: 28 Catches, 207 Yards

Doucet was the reason the Cardinals were willing to depart Boldin in the first place. He obviously did not live up to expectations; he plays a similar style as Boldin, as a physical presence who is willing to make tough catches across the middle. Doucet has struggled with injuries (playing in only 5 games last season), but if he can stay on the field he has the potential to be a solid No. 3 option.

 

Brandon Gibson
Former Team: St. Louis Rams
2012-2013 Stats: 51 Catches, 691 Yards, 5 TDs

Gibson has the potential to become a stud at Wide Receiver but has yet to put it all together. Injuries have derailed his past couple seasons and he has a tendency to disappear for games at a time. When he is hitting on all cylinders though, he can put numbers like he did against Buffalo last season (6 Catches, 100 Yards, Td).

 

Julian Edelman
Former Team: New England Patriots
2012-2013 Stats: 21 Catches, 235 Yards, 3 TDs

Edelman is a natural slot receiver in the mold of Wes Welker (who he learned the position from). He can be a threat in the middle of the field and an asset in the short passing game. His size and tools will not wow anyone, but he can grind out yards 5-10 yards at a time (11.4 YPC in 2013).

 

Ramses Barden
Former Team: New York Giants
2012-2013 Stats: 14 Catches, 220 Yards

Barden’s biggest issue his entire career has been finding his way on the field, playing behind Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. He is an imposing target at 6’6”, who can go up and get the ball over many corners in the NFL. If he can get consistent playing time, he may be able to perform like he did in his start against the Panthers last season (9 Catches, 138 Yards).

 

Mohamed Massaquoi
Former Team: Cleveland Browns
2012-2013 Stats: 17 Catches, 254 Yards

Massaquoi’s has struggled catching the ball ever since entering the NFL, but the potential is there to become a dynamic threat. He has a good combination of size and speed, who may benefit playing for a good QB like Joe Flacco (unlike Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace and Brandon Weeden). Massaquoi’s peak would be as a decent No. 2 wide out across from Torrey Smith.

*All Photos Courtesy of NFL.com.*

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