Top 3 free agent targets for the 2022 NFL offseason

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The Baltimore Ravens’ season ended prematurely, finishing the season 8-9 and in last place in the AFC North. The team had high expectations, especially after starting the season 8-3. But injuries and inconsistent play saw the Ravens lose their final six games of the regular season.

Former league MVP Lamar Jackson has missed several games due to injury. Tyler Huntely made his best impressions of Jackson, but that wasn’t enough to break their losing streak.

Now heading into the offseason, Baltimore faces many questions with the roster. There are a number of key players in the Ravens defense who are unrestricted free agents. They could potentially lose defensive end Calais Campbell, defensive tackle Brandon Williams and cornerback Jimmy Smith. Those would be huge losses for a team built on defense.

Here are some key free agents the Baltimore Ravens should target this offseason.

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3 free agent targets for the Baltimore Ravens

3. Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi

If Baltimore ends up losing Campbell and Williams, they’ll definitely be looking for help on the inside line on defense. Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi is young, athletic and versatile. He’s coming off his best season yet, posting career highs with seven sacks and tackles for loss with 16.

Ogunjobi completed his first season with the Bengals. He suffered an ankle injury in the wildcard round of the AFC playoffs. However, it doesn’t appear to be interfering with his ability to be ready for training camp next season.

Prior to this season, Ogunjobi played his first four seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Thus, he knows the AFC North very well and knows how to attack the opposing offensive lines. It makes too much sense not to tackle Ogunjobi this offseason. On the contrary, the ankle injury could allow Baltimore to sign him cheaply.

2. Security Tyrann Mathieu

Kansas City Chiefs superstar safety Tyrann Mathieu is set to become a free agent this offseason. The leader of the Chiefs’ ball-peddling defense would be a perfect fit for Baltimore.

Mathieu reminds me a bit of longtime Ravens safety Ed Reed. Reed was more of a physical player making plays in the running game. But Mathieu is also always around the ball.

Mathieu is a three-time All-Pro selection and helped the Chiefs win a Super Bowl championship two seasons ago. He wouldn’t be the easiest guy to fit under the cap, but Mathieu would be worth the investment. He’s coming off another stellar season for Kansas City.

1. Allen Robinson wide receiver

The Baltimore Ravens recently invested in the wide receiver position. But the first returns have not been as they had hoped. Marchioness “Hollywood” Brown can stretch the field. But they still lack a second receiver who can make plays for Lamar Jackson.

Allen Robinson is coming off the worst season of his career. He finished with 38 catches for 410 yards, despite playing most of the year in 12 games. This would make Robinson accessible for far less than he has ordered in the past.

But the talent is still there. Robinson can stretch the court, but is also a good road runner with good hands. The Chicago Bears have been short on quarterbacks in recent seasons. I believe that’s a much stronger indicator of why Robinson struggled. He could thrive with Lamar Jackson in Baltimore.

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