It’s no secret the Baltimore Ravens were more than interested in acquiring a return specialist this offseason.
In fact, the Ravens had Ted. Ginn Jr. in for a visit before he re-signed with the San Francisco 49ers about a month ago.
Cornerback Lardarius Webb, who was the team’s top punt returner in 2011, signed a five-year, $50 million extension with the Ravens last Thursday, and the team would likely prefer if they didn’t have to use their top corner as a returner.
Webb returned 30 punts for 301 yards and one touchdown for the Ravens in 15 games last season, according to ProFootballReference.com.
Chris Carr and Tom Zbikowski also returned punts last season, but those two have new homes in Minnesota and Indianapolis, respectively.
As for kickoff return man — David Reed — who had a rough 2011 season, his status for 2012 remains uncertain after he tore his ACL in a week 16 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
The Ravens only other option under contract is Phillip Livas, who was on the practice squad last season. In his college playing days at Louisiana Tech, Livas scored on a eight total return touchdowns. The 22-year-old receiver also scored on a punt return for the Miami Dolphins last preseason.
With no marquee return specialists left on the free agent market, we’ll just have to wait and see if the Ravens elect to use one of their eight draft picks in this month’s draft on a return specialist.