The Ravens have made a few moves to add depth to the cornerback position in the recent weeks. Though you have to ask yourself, are they going to make another move at the position? As it stands now the likely starting corners will be Fabian Washington and Chris Carr. Moving forward it would make sense to bring in another veteran cornerback for depth or to fill in as a starter.
Hiccups in the contingency plan
Recently the team traded QB John Beck for cornerback Doug Dutch who was on the Redskins practice squad. Just a few days ago the team signed undrafted rookie Chris Hawkins, a young prospect who played at LSU. While having some developmental players are important to the organization, it would be hard pressed to think that these young prospects could step in immediately.
We’ve also learned that veteran Walt Harris is on injured reserve and there are indications the team may not keep him around too long. Tony Lombardi, www.ravens24×7.com points out, “Veterans Travis Fisher and Walt Harris have done very little so far in camp. Fisher no longer possesses the speed that he once had and is almost always a step behind. Harris didn’t see the field much prior to hitting IR and he’s now awaiting an injury settlement.” Let’s not forget that Cary Williams was suspended for the first two games of the season.
Obviously, the unexpected injury to starter CB Domonique Foxworth coupled with some hiccups in the contingency plan might have the team looking at a few options.
Trade Rumblings for CB
One option for the team is make a trade and Adam Schefter, ESPN analyst, believes that option is a possibility. Schefter stated, “They’re going to have to make a trade for a cornerback, and I think the team will be active in searching for a cornerback. As the preseason goes on, they’ll keep close tabs on other teams and what they need.”
Schefter goes on to say, “I’d be suprised if the season opened up and the Ravens had the cornerbacks on their roster then that they do today. I think this team still has another move at the cornerback position in it.”
Sign Experienced CB’s
Another option is to take a look at a few other veteran cornerbacks. A veteran cornerback can provide some stability in order to make a serious run at the post season and serve as a stop gap until Lardarius Webb can return.
Making A Move
If there is any good news it is that Fabian Washington has been practicing in training camp and lets not forget that eventually Lardarius Webb will be back, perhaps sooner than later. The team has put much into the off-season acquiring players in free agency and the draft to make a serious title run. At this point all options are on the table–so don’t be surprised to see the team make another move to solidify the secondary.