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Reports: Ravens Expected To Sign WR Ryan Grant

March 14, 2018
Not long after agreeing to sign free-agent wide receiver John Brown, the Baltimore Ravens also agreed to a deal with former Washington Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant, the first two moves in an effort to transform the team's wide receiver corps. 

Both deals can be made official when free agency begins at 4 p.m. March 14.

The NFL Network reported that the deal for Grant, 27, is for four years and $29 million with $14.5 million guaranteed, a surprisingly large offer for a player who has never had more than 600 yards receiving. 

Grant (6-foot-0, 204 pounds) was a fifth-round pick out of Tulane by the Redskins in 2014. He had his best season this past year with 45 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns, and his work ethic has drawn praise from coaches and teammates. 

But the signings of Grant and Brown did little to ease the concern of fans who had hoped the Ravens would land one of the top free-agent receivers after owner Steve Bisciotti suggested the team would make "a splash" in free agency to help its struggling offense. 

The Ravens missed out on top free-agent receivers who are expected to sign elsewhere such as Jarvis Landry (traded to the Cleveland Browns), Allen Robinson (Chicago Bears) and Sammy Watkins (Kansas City Chiefs). Former Indianapolis Colts receiver Donte Moncrief, who was rumored to be on the Ravens’ radar, is signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to reports.

More moves by the Ravens are expected.

At his NFL Scouting Combine news conference, general manager Ozzie Newsome said, "We're looking for the opportunity to change that (wide receiver) room in terms of personnel." 

The Ravens are coming off a season in which they ranked 29th in passing and last in passing yards per play. 

Wide receivers Mike Wallace and Michael Campanaro are both pending free agents, and Jeremy Maclin is considered a potential salary cap casualty after a disappointing season, though he was not among three players released earlier this week. If those three depart, the only returning receivers for the Ravens will be Breshad Perriman, Chris Moore and Quincy Adeboyejo. 

Perriman is coming off a lost season during which he totaled 10 catches for 77 yards and was a game-day inactive for four of the final seven games. Moore finished the season with 18 catches for 248 yards, and Adeboyejo, an undrafted rookie last year, was on the practice squad until the final game of the season and did not have any receptions. 

The Ravens are also expected to address the wide receiver position in the draft. It's considered a deep draft at wide receiver, short on elite receivers but with a lot of talent through the first few rounds. 

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