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2016 NFL Draft Fallout: Will Ravens fans’ hearts be Aiken?

The Baltimore Ravens had a terrible 2015 season, ending up 5-11 and picking 6th overall. But in true Baltimo


The Baltimore Ravens had a terrible 2015 season, ending up 5-11 and picking 6th overall. But in true Baltimore fashion they had a ton of draft picks and have added 11 players to an already good roster, which means there are going to be several players left without a spot when the Ravens have to make the cut to 53.

Kamar Aiken, WR

The Ravens need to clear just over $6 million in order to get themselves under the cap. With that in mind someone like Kamar Aiken becomes extremely expendable when it would save them £2.5 million. With Steve Smith staying on for one more year, Breshad Perriman making a return and Mike Wallace signed in the off-season they have the weapons to do without Aiken in 2016.

Crockett Gilmore, TE

Cutting Gilmore won’t save the Ravens all that much money – just $500,000 – and was a useful part of the Ravens offense last season as their 3rd most targeted receiver. However the Ravens signed Ben Watson in the offseason and signed Dennis Pitta to a huge contract 2 years ago that they are still locked into. Even moving on from Maxx Williams will cost the Ravens money. And with those 3 on the roster and Gilmore being the only one they can save money with I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he was moved out of Baltimore before the season starts.

Rickie Wagner, RT

Another cap casualty could well be Rickie Wagner. The right tackle has been a very good player for the Ravens, even able to slide into left tackle reasonably well when Eugene Monroe was hurt. But after drafting Ronnie Stanley 6th overall the Ravens should feel comfortable moving on from Wagner. Of course they could cut Eugene Monroe, which would save them $1.1 million this season and even more in the future. I think that would be overly aggressive however, Wagner was okay at left tackle in a few games but over a season it’s a risk – even more so if they put Ronnie Stanley in at left tackle straight away.


Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

2016 NFL Draft Fallout: Will Ravens fans’ hearts be Aiken?

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