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CBS Sports predicts Ravens to sign Von Miller in free agency

CBS Sports predicts Ravens to sign Von Miller in free agency

This year’s NFL free agency period officially kicks off in just a few weeks. Until then, the next few days will be filled with rumors and predictions about which players will sign where and which teams are best suited for certain free agents.

On Thursday, CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin posted a free agency “matchmaker” article, in which he paired 25 of the top free agents with respective teams. It also provided for the type of contract that said team could sign with said player.

One of Benjamin’s projections was for the Ravens to sign a future Hall of Famer fresh out of his second superbowl victory — Von Miller. Benjamin’s prediction is that Baltimore will sign Miller to a one-year contract worth $17 million.

‘A key part of the Rams’ superbowl rotate it [Miller] has the flexibility to be picky at 33, and a hefty one-year paycheck allows him to hang on to another contender before reevaluating in 2023,” Benjamin wrote. “Baltimore gets a No. 1 plug-and-play point man.”

It’s a bit of a ready-made prediction for a number of reasons. First, the Ravens currently don’t have a ton of cap space under their belt to operate. They can certainly maneuver to create more, but $17 million for a contract is a lot of money. Second, Miller isn’t a name the Ravens have really been tied to before, and all signs currently point to him re-signing with the Rams.

After the Rams’ Super Bowl win over Cincinnati Bengals last month, Miller said he and his teammates needed to “back off”. Things can change and it was in the heat of the moment, strictly speaking, but Miller is in a good position to succeed in Los Angeles.

That being said, the Ravens potentially luring Miller to Baltimore is an interesting thought. The Ravens are used to signing great veterans to short-term contracts in hopes of challenging for a championship. This is especially true on the defensive side of the ball. Many years ago they did it with guys like Elvis Dumervil and Eric Weddle. More recently stalwarts like Calais Campbell and Justin Houston have joined the team. So it’s a priority for the Ravens to acquire a player like Miller, for what it’s worth.

Miller showed he had plenty of top football left in the tank last season. He finished the 2021 campaign with 50 combined tackles, 17 quarterback hits and 9.5 sacks. 31 of those tackles and five of the sacks came after being traded to Los Angeles midway through the season where, as Benjamin noted, he became an integral part of the Rams’ success.

In four playoff games with the Rams, Miller recorded four sacks, six quarterback hits and six tackles for loss. He also had a key forced fumble in the Rams’ second-round win over the Buccaneers. Miller shined in the Super Bowl with two sacks and three hits on the quarterback.

The Ravens are in the market for a runner or two this offseason. They have a budding star in Odafe Oweh entering his second season, but opposing starter Tyus Bowser is recovering from a torn Achilles. Justin Houston and Pernell McPhee are unrestricted free agents, leaving Jaylon Ferguson and Daelin Hayes as the only other contract rushers heading into 2022.

So it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Ravens pursue free agents in that position, like Miller, or potentially use the draft as well to add passing talent. Either way, the idea of ​​the Ravens landing a big name like Von Miller, while unlikely, makes for some interesting discussion.

In the same article, Benjamin also predicted that Ravens unrestricted free agent Bradley Bozeman would sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers. You can read the whole list here.