Baltimore Ravens Make Smart Decision, Stay Put at Trade Deadline

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COMMENTARY | On Tuesday afternoon, the NFL trade deadline passed, and no major trades were made. One team that correctly chose to stay put and not make a trade was the Baltimore Ravens, who had already made two trades leading up to the trade deadline.

Two trades that involved offensive tackles - acquiring Eugene Monroe and shipping away Bryant McKinnie - turned out to be the only two trades the Ravens would make prior to the deadline, and that was more than enough.

They acquired a potential franchise left tackle in Monroe if he re-signs at the end of the season, and dumped a struggling, unmotivated player in McKinnie, while getting a conditional late-round pick in return from the Miami Dolphins.

Having given up a fourth and fifth-round pick for Monroe, the Ravens were unlikely to make another trade prior to Tuesday's deadline. The Ravens covet their draft picks as much as any NFL team, mainly due to their consistent success during the annual draft.

Could they have easily bolstered the wide receiver position by giving up a mid-to-late round pick? Sure. But would parting with yet another draft pick be the best idea when the return would be a rental wide receiver with a high cap value? Of course not.

Wide receivers such as Hakeem Nicks and Kenny Britt were openly dangled in the trade market, and if the Ravens truly wanted either, they had the picks to make it happen. But ultimately, Nicks may have cost a third-round pick, and quite frankly any draft pick for the troubled Britt wouldn't have been worthwhile.

Plus, wide receiver isn't even the biggest problem for the current Ravens team, even though wide receivers were the most easily accessible commodity on the trade market.

Until the offensive line gets fixed, it doesn't matter who is playing wide receiver for the Ravens. The wide receiver position also isn't as bad as it seems, as Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown and Tandon Doss are all having breakout seasons.

The Ravens are already thin on draft picks without any in rounds four or five (compensatory picks will likely change that) and deciding to not give up any more for a rental player was the right choice.

Kyle Casey is a sports writer living in Baltimore, Md. He is the co-editor of Baltimore Ravens Draft, and contributes to Russell Street Report.

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