Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ravens and Bears Headlines

NEWS:
Bears sign Julius Peppers and Chester Taylor.

REACTION:
Peppers is arguably the biggest move of the day. The Bears Defense was severely lacking in 2009, but the addition of Peppers will offer the Bears much needed pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and obviously improve their overall defense. Chicago also adds veteran RB Chester Taylor, who has been seemingly a career second back. With Forte struggling, Taylor has the opportunity to make a big splash as the Bears premier back.

NEWS:
Ravens trade third and fourth round picks to Cardinals for Anquan Boldin and a fifth round pick.

REACTION:
This is clearly the best move for Baltimore right now. Not only do they get a top receiver in Boldin, who will help develop young QB Joe Flacco even further, but the Ravens can take a breath and evaluate their options. With Derrick Mason looking at free agency or  possibly retirement, the Ravens don't necessarily have to be concerned with resigning them. If they do keep Mason however, the Ravens will have a more than solid receiving core. I would expect the Ravens to focus their early picks on young defensive players, but the thought of adding a versatile Tight End also has promise, especially with the draft being very "defensive back heavy". A good young Corner, which the Ravens also need to improve their secondary, could be picked up at a much later round.

And what does Coach John Harbaugh have to say about acquiring Boldin? Simple, "The Ravens just got better..."

3 comments:

  1. With giving away those picks,you mortgage the future. I shouldn't say anything, cause the Jets are in the same boat-maybe worse!

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  2. If the Ravens know how to do one thing right, its utilize their draft picks, especially their early rounds...Ozzie Newsome is a master in that respect. The Jets are in great shape, with the addition of Cromartie yesterday, the Jets should have one of the Leagues best defenses...ever.

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  3. I picked up Anquan Boldin last year on my fantasy team and he didn't show up until the end of the season. Suddenly, he racked up some unbelievable points on my bench! Maybe he's found his "game" and will be a good choice for the Ravens. We shall see......

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