A number of talented, big-named wide receivers will hit the free agent market in March, but there is one name that may not be a better fit for the Baltimore Ravens than Reggie Wayne.
Over the past few years, the Ravens have brought in experienced, big-named receivers to become the third option for quarterback Joe Flacco with T.J. Houshmanzadeh and Donte Stallworth in 2010 and Lee Evans in 2011, but neither of the three fulfilled that role as much as the team anticipated.
However, Wayne would be a different sorry, he has proven to be one of the most dependable and reliable receivers in the game over the past decade, and is a perfect compliment to Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith.
Wayne, 33, would fit in perfectly with the Ravens because he’s a better route runner than Smith and has more speed and quickness than Boldin.
Although Wayne’s numbers dropped last season (75 catches for 960 yards and four touchdowns) without Peyton Manning at quarterback, over the previous five seasons, he averaged 94 catches for 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns.
The thinking all along has been Wayne would follow Manning wherever he decides to go as part of a package deal if the Colts decide to let him go.
That being said, the Ravens will have a number of advantages over most teams when it comes to competing for his services, because Wayne will want the opportunity to win another Super Bowl in the final years of his career, plus his former college roommate — Ed Reed — could recruit his friend to play in the Charm City.