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Mailbag: Would Ravens consider Josh Gordon if he's available?

It's time to click open the Baltimore Ravens' Twitter mailbag:

@jamisonhensley: The Ravens would absolutely be interested in Gordon, along with 20 other teams. The problem is, Gordon probably won't be available until 2018 at the earliest. Sure, the Browns can't depend on Gordon even if he's reinstated by the NFL (he applied this week to have his ban lifted). But he's under contract for nearly $1.1 million in 2016, which is a pittance for a playmaking receiver, and he's a restricted free agent in 2017. It's hard to imagine new coach Hue Jackson letting go of Gordon. If Gordon is suspended again, he will be banned indefinitely and the Browns won't have to pay him. If he plays, the Browns have a premium weapon for a rookie quarterback. The value outweighs the headache in this situation. If the Browns do part ways with Gordon, I could see the Ravens pursuing him. Just imagine Joe Flacco throwing deep to Gordon, who has a career 17.1-yard average per catch. The key, like their initial deals with the likes of Ryan Mallett, Will Hill and Terrance West, is giving a deal that has not much in guaranteed money. That makes it no risk and a tremendous reward.

@jamisonhensley: I was told Dwight Freeney wanted too much money when the Ravens were looking at pass rushers in Week 2. Freeney eventually signed with the Cardinals in October for one-year, $870,000 plus $1 million in sack incentives. He has been a difference maker for Arizona, totaling eight sacks in 11 games. That means he has made an additional $600,000. The Ravens went with Jason Babin for the veteran minimum. But it's like that old saying: You get what you pay for. Babin played 26 snaps in two games before getting released. He just recently joined Freeney in Arizona.

@jamisonhensley: The best bet to make an impact on the offense is Jeremy Butler. Undrafted in 2014, he showed flashes last season and ended up as the Ravens' No. 3 receiver in the final month. As coach John Harbaugh put it, Butler "has always been a guy who can really make plays on the ball." Michael Campanaro says this is a "make or break" season, and he's right. He has to stay healthy and beat out Kaelin Clay as the returner. Darren Waller could develop into a core special teams player and a situational downfield target. If the Ravens improve at receiver in free agency or the draft, Chris Matthews will have difficulty making the Ravens in 2016.