Colts Owner Jim Irsay says Ravens target Justin Houston could return to Indianapolis

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The Baltimore Ravens have been linked to pass rusher Justin Houston during the 2021 offseason, as they’ve shown interest in the 10-year veteran and have brought him in for a visit. Houston would provide the Ravens with burst off of the edge, and give the team someone who can generate pressure consistently.

If Baltimore wants to sign Houston, they’ll have to fend off some competition. He has a few suitors in the mix for his services, one of which is the Indianapolis Colts, the team that he played for over the last two years. Houston enjoyed plenty of success while he was with the Colts, accumulating 19 sacks with the franchise.

During a call where he talked about the organization’s “Kicking the Stigma” fundraiser surrounding mental health, Colts owner Jim Irsay answered a few football questions, and noted that he feels confident that Indianapolis can round out their roster through the draft.

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However, Irsay believes there are other ways to improve Indianapolis’ roster, and didn’t rule out a reunion with Houston.

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While Baltimore is the team currently associated with Houston, it’s been reported that they don’t want to sign another unrestricted free agent until after the May 3rd deadline, where compensatory picks will no longer be negated for signing such players. If the Colts offer Houston a deal before the draft that he likes and the Ravens hold firm on their stance, it could mean that the pass rusher returns to Indianapolis.

There’s no doubt that Houston would take Baltimore’s defense to another level. If they have to surrender a compensatory pick to ward off a push from the Colts for his services, they should do so. The Ravens need another pass rusher, and Houston would fit in almost perfectly. However, if they’re serious about acquiring him, Baltimore will have to seal the deal while also making sure he doesn’t find another offer or situation that he likes better.