Baltimore Ravens reportedly projecting to land 2 best specific running backs to aid Lamar Jackson in 2024 free agency

According to a new rumor, the Baltimore Ravens are conducting research on a prospective pursuit of the two most prominent free agent running backs in 2024.

The Baltimore Ravens exceeded many of their expectations this season. They finished their season with the best overall record in the NFL standings and advanced to the AFC Championship game earlier this year. Despite quarterback Lamar Jackson’s MVP season, the Ravens were unable to beat the Kansas City Chiefs.

The painful loss in January demonstrated that Jackson needs more offensive weapons if the Ravens are to win a title for the first time since 2012. While many expected the team to chase star receivers in the summer, NFL insider Jeremy Fowler stated on a Friday edition of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that the franchise may be looking for a star to partner Jackson in the backfield.

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“I’ve heard that certain teams are researching the top running backs. One is Baltimore. “They’re at least looking at film on guys like Saquon Barkley and Derrick Henry, and how they might fit if the price is right,” Fowler stated.

“Barkley might be pricing himself out of a place like Baltimore because, based on talent, he’s a player who deserves more than $10 million a year,” he continued. Can the Ravens persuade him to pursue a title and accept a little less? As one league source told me, “Could you imagine Saquon and Lamar Jackson in the same backfield?” “It would be crazy.”

Is the Baltimore Ravens landing Saquon Barkley or Derrick Henry realistic?

The Baltimore Ravens have over $18 million to spend in the offseason (via OverTheCap). However, they could increase that number through releases, trades, and contract restructuring of some of their biggest stars. With the Ravens nearly making the NFL title game last season, they have the team to win it all next season if they make the right moves. Barkley has expressed a desire to cash in and land his first big contract in the league.

However, given his age and the money available, Derrick Henry might join Baltimore next season. The Titans icon earned an average of $12.5 million last season, and with the value of running backs at a low, he will most certainly receive a hefty salary cut next season. So playing for a contender at a reduced salary makes a lot of sense for him and the franchise.

Furthermore, there were reports at the NFL trade deadline that Baltimore was close to acquiring the four-time Pro Bowler last season.

 

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