The Baltimore Ravens already made a bold move by acquiring cornerback Marcus Peters from the Los Angeles Rams.
Now, is general manager Eric DeCosta ready to pull the trigger on another potential trade for a pass rusher?
The Ravens currently have 12 sacks on the season, which ranks 28th in the NFL. Baltimore also lost one of its most effective pass rushers when linebacker Pernell McPhee went down with a season-ending triceps injury.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the trade market has been more active this season, compared to previous years.
Will Baltimore be an active player?
“There’s more talk” at this year’s deadline, Harbaugh said. “There’s been years where there’s been no talk, you know, nothing’s going on. So I think more in the National Football League, for whatever reason, this year seems to be the year where it kind of broke open as far as trades. I know there’s a lot of talk, but I don’t know the details too much of it. We’ll see what happens.”
Several effective pass rushers are reportedly available via a potential trade, most notably Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe and Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley.
DeCosta, however, likely would not part with a first-round pick and jeopardize the Ravens' long-term plan. Baltimore also has some limitations with its salary cap with just $780,210 available to spend, according to Over the Cap.
The Ravens managed to free up some more funds by extending the contract of receiver Willie Snead.
As the trade deadline approaches, Harbaugh is more focused on the Ravens' next opponent, the undefeated New England Patriots, rather than the trade market. The front office keeps him updated with the pertinent information.
“[DeCosta] keeps me pretty well up to date on what’s possible,” Harbaugh said.