Ravens Set to Gift More Than $20 Million Worth Contract to Veteran 4 Times Pro Bowler

The Baltimore Ravens have the opportunity to make a significant impact in free agency during the 2024 NFL offseason.

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They presently have a starting running back position open and plan to seek one of the top names in this year’s free agent class.

That may lead them to a running back who has made the Pro Bowl four out of the last five years.

In an article projecting how much the top running backs in this year’s free agent class will be paid, Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox claimed that Derrick Henry will receive a two-year, $20 million contract and selected the Ravens as the team that may offer it to him.

It would be a minor decrease in income for Henry, who recently signed a deal with the Titans worth $12.5 million per year.

Henry would provide the Ravens the huge name they’re searching for at running back, as well as the opportunity to compete for a championship before he reaches the end of his career.

A Rare Running Back

At a time when more and more NFL teams are using running back committees, Henry has been a truly exceptional performer at the position.

Over the last five seasons, Henry has not only been his team’s lead back, but also the focal point of his offense.

During that span, he led the league in carries four times and averaged more than 100 yards per game three of those years.

In 2020, he was selected the league’s offensive player of the year.

Henry took a step back in 2023. He only carried the ball 280 times but still topped the league.

His yards per rush also fell to their lowest level since 2017.

He also played for a squad with a poor offensive line and a failing offense.

A transfer to a contender could be precisely what Henry needs to get back to his previous prolific numbers, and Baltimore would be an excellent fit for him.

Henry’s Fit in Baltimore

Since the beginning of the offseason, Henry appeared to be a nice fit for the Ravens.

The team now lacks clarity at the position due to free agency and Keaton Mitchell’s return from a ruptured ACL.

Signing Henry would solve that.

For very some time, the squad has been without a real bell-cow back.

J.K. Dobbins was expected to be that player when the Ravens chose him, but injury difficulties have prevented him from reaching that level, and he is now a free agent.

Gus Edwards filled in admirably when Dobbins was unavailable during the last few years, but the squad did not appear to regard him as a true RB1 when they refused to hand him the ball in the AFC Championship Game.

He is now a free agent.

Henry may be the bell-cow back they’ve been looking for, pairing well with Mitchell or possibly Dobbins if the Ravens bring him back.

The only thing that stood between the Ravens and Henry at the outset of the offseason was money.

That should be less of an issue now that the pay cap has been significantly increased.

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have been one of football’s most run-heavy teams.

This offseason, they should add a running back who fits that strategy.

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