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The Ravens are signing New Orleans Saints restricted free agent wideout Willie Snead to a two-year offer sheet worth up to $10.4 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation.
The Saints have five days to match the tender. With New Orleans adding Cameron Meredith and re-signing Brandon Coleman recently, it seems unlikely the Saints would match the Ravens’ offer sheet. New Orleans would get no compensation if they decline to match.
After going undrafted in 2014, Snead spent the past three seasons on the Saints’ active roster. In his first two years in New Orleans, the 25-year-old looked like New Orleans’ latest diamond-in-the-rough receiver. He compiled 1,879 yards on 141 receptions with seven touchdowns in 2015 and 2016. Last season, following a three-game suspension and a hamstring issue, Snead’s play dropped precipitously. He earned just eight catches for 92 yards in 11 games.
If Snead indeed lands in Baltimore, he’d join a revamped Ravens receiving corps that added Michael Crabtree and John Brown this offseason.
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Snead was suspended last year for three games due to a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. It was reportedly due to “charges of driving while intoxicated and failing to maintain proper control of a vehicle”, per ESPN.
When on the field, Snead is a deep threat with big play ability. Not to mention, he is a proven slot receiver. Snead stands at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds. In addition, he has reliable, consistent hands. According to Fox Sports, Snead had three drops on 104 targets in 2016. His catch percentage that season was 69.2%. During the 2015 season, Snead had one drop on 101 targets, which yielded a catch percentage of 68.3%.
Snead has excels at creating separation as he is a great route-runner, which is something Baltimore desperately needs. Adding him to Michael Crabtree and John Brown would certainly be a huge upgrade at the wide receiver position from last year’s group.