In need of help at wide receiver, the Baltimore Ravens gave New Orleans Saints standout Willie Snead a two-year offersheet worth $10.4 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Saints’ RFA WR Willie Snead is signing a two-year offer sheet worth up to $10.4 million with the Baltimore Ravens today, per source. Saints will have five days to match it.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 20, 2018
As Schefter noted, the Saints have five days to reach the offer, or else Snead will join newly-signed wideout Michael Crabtree in Baltimore. As of now, Schefter noted the odds do look good in Baltimore getting Snead:
With the Saints having already signed Chicago’s RFA WR Cameron Meredith, it’s more likely that New Orleans will decline to match Willie Snead’s two-year offer sheet with the Ravens.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 20, 2018
The Saints definitely have enough pass-catchers depth to let snead walk. 25-year-old Michael Thomas has emerged as Drew Brees' favorite receiver in New Orleans, while Cameron Meredith, Coby Fleener, Alvin Kamara and Ted Ginn Jr. also provide the future Hall of Famer with enough options.
After joining the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent, Snead eventually landed with the Saints in 2015. He had a big year with 69 catches for 984 yards and three touchdowns. Snead followed that up with 72 catches for 895 yards and four touchdowns.
But Snead was less productive in 2017, as he missed five games - three of them because of a suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy. He caught just eight passes for 92 yards and didn't have a single touchdown.
However, Snead could benefit from a change of scenery with the Ravens. Quarterback Joe Flacco is entering his age-33 season, and the Ravens haven't made the playoffs in three consecutive years. Another frustrating year from Flacco could force Baltimore to move on from their Super Bowl 47 champion and MVP quarterback.
With the aforementioned signing of Michael Crabtree, landing Snead would probably help the Ravens address other needs at next week's draft. Crabtree is an excellent all-around playmaker, while Snead relishes as a slot receiver.
We'll find out in five days if the Saints are willing to match the offer for Snead, or if they let him try to reset his value in Baltimore.
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