Monday, October 28, 2013
Harbaugh declines comment on trade talk
By Jamison Hensley
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens made the first in-season trade in their history four weeks ago when they acquired offensive tackle Eugene Monroe. Could they possibly make another one by Tuesday's trade deadline?
"I wouldn't comment on it anyway if I did," coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "So, it's probably best just to stay away from that."
I don't anticipate the Ravens making a deal before the 4 p.m. deadline, but the Ravens proved this month that they're looking to make this team better.
The market for wide receivers is the hottest one right now, although a tight end like Washington's Fred Davis is also available. Here are the most high-profile receivers who could be on the move:
Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans: Britt certainly has his issues. Since being drafted in the first round four years ago, he has been involved in nine incidents with police. Why Britt makes sense for the Ravens is his low salary. Britt makes $857,500 in the final year of his deal, so he's one of the few players that can fit under the Ravens' cap. But is Britt even worth a draft pick? He has never caught more than 45 passes in a season, and he has eight receptions this season. Britt's potential, though, makes him intriguing.
Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns: There's no questioning Gordon's talent. He's averaging 97 yards receiving per game, which is fourth-best in the NFL. The problem is he's one more strike away from being suspended a full year by the NFL. And let's be realistic: the Browns aren't going to trade Gordon to a team in the division. It's just not going to happen.
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants: Adding Nicks would significantly upgrade the Ravens' wide receiver position. What makes this prohibitive is the price tag on Nicks. The Giants are reportedly seeking a second- or third-round pick. Since 2000, the Ravens have never traded a second-round pick for a player and have given up a third-rounder just twice (running back Willis McGahee and wide receiver Anquan Boldin).