After winning the Super Bowl, the Baltimore Ravens finished just 8-8 and missed out on the postseason. They responded by signing former Carolina Panthers’ wide receiver Steve Smith after he was released and then addressed defense in the draft. They used their first three picks on Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley and a pair of Florida State Seminoles’ defenders, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and safety Terrence Brooks.
The Ravens, still have a hole at cornerback and will likely need to add a player to the roster to fill it.
Despite familiarity with the coaching staff, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun does not believe either player would be interested in joining the Ravens.
I’m asked regularly about the possibility of the Ravens signing Asante Samuel, despite it being unclear if he’s even interested in continuing his NFL career. Samuel reportedly wasn’t interested when the Jets contacted him earlier this week.
Perhaps the Ravens would get his attention, but it’s fair to wonder why it hasn’t happened already if mutual interest exists. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees had the same job with the New England Patriots when Samuel was playing there, so the Ravens know plenty about the veteran.
Ravens secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo also has a past with free agent corner Jabari Greer, but Greer is still recovering from a knee injury and he’s also reportedly contemplating retirement.
Samuel, 33, was a member of the New England Patriots from 2003-2007 before joining the Philadelphia Eagles from 2008-2011. He played with the Atlanta Falcons the last two seasons. Greer, 32, was with the Buffalo Bills from 2004-2008 and has been with the New Orleans Saints since 2009.