After losing Cory Redding and Jarret Johnson in free agency on Wednesday, Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs may follow suit, and the Ravens aren’t waiting around for him to make a decision.
Grubbs, 27, is currently meeting with the New Orleans Saints and the Ravens moved on as well, bringing in Philadelphia Eagles free-agent guard Evan Mathis for a visit on Wednesday night. Grubbs is now considered the best guard in free agency after former Saints guard Carl Nicks agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a five-year, $47.5 million deal, including $31 million guaranteed.
The Ravens tried to keep Grubbs from hitting the open-market, but he decided to test free agency and see what offers are out there. Among the teams interested in Grubbs besides the Saints, include the Washington Redskins, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post.
Kudos to Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome for not sitting around and waiting on Grubbs to make a decision. This is the right move by Newsome to help what has become a strong offensive line. Mathis, 30, was considered the Eagles top run-blocker last season, but the only drawback with him is his age, which could make teams think twice before giving him a long-term deal.
The other reported teams interested in Mathis include the aforementioned Redskins and the Indianapolis Colts.