It doesn't require being an NFL savant to see that the Baltimore Ravens have real Super Bowl aspirations for the 2020 season (assuming the campaign actually takes place). Lamar Jackson, last year's MVP, is only going to improve as a quarterback, and the Ravens' incoming draft class might just be the best in the league.
A squad carrying such lofty expectations shouldn't think twice about showcasing a cutthroat mentality, and that means creating a atmosphere in which every last man feels like he's fighting for his jobs. In fact, Baltimore cutting wide receiver Willie Snead could send a message to the rest of the team that it's time to flip the championship switch.
Yep, that's pretty much what we're saying!
The Ravens' approach to the last two NFL Drafts indicates that they are looking to get younger and faster at wide receiver. In 2019, they used first- and third-round picks on Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin. This time around, Baltimore nabbed Texas product Devin Duvernay in the third round and SMU standout James Proche in the sixth.
This could spell the end of Snead's stint with the Ravens despite inking a one-year, $6 million contract extension in October. Reallyl, the writing's on the wall after he watched his targets and catches get slashed basically in half in 2019 compared to the previous year.
If Baltimore's young wideouts impress during preseason, the team could afford to part ways with the 27-year-old veteran, who was far from Jackson's go-to target last season. For the year (16 games), Snead logged 31 receptions for 339 yards and five touchdowns.
On a Ravens team that didn't boast a ton of WR depth, the Ball State product started just 11 contests. That speaks volumes to how little offensive coordinator Greg Roman thinks Snead can contribute to his high-powered offense.