Ravens looking good in recent trades

March 16, 2010|By Jamison Hensley | Baltimore Sun reporter

Some wonder whether the Ravens gave up too much in the trade for wide receiver Anquan Boldin. They acquired Boldin and a fifth-round pick in exchange for third- and fourth-round picks.

But history says the Ravens know what they are doing as far as trades. In analyzing the Ravens' past three major player trades, the team should have no regrets for these moves.

June 2006: The Ravens trade a fourth-round pick in 2007 for quarterback Steve McNair. Sure, the Ravens only got one good season out of McNair. But in 2006, he did lead them to a division title and the best regular-season record in team history (13-3). The Tennessee Titans drafted wide receiver Chris Davis, who made seven receptions in two seasons. He is now with the Cincinnati Bengals. Winner: Ravens.

March 2007: The Ravens trade three draft picks (third- and seventh-rounders in 2007 and a third-rounder in 2008) for running back Willis McGahee. Once again, the Ravens didn't get what they envisioned out of the deal. Still, McGahee was the team's offensive MVP in 2007 (he gained 1,207 yards), and he has scored 19 rushing touchdowns the past two seasons as a backup. In 2007, the Bills drafted quarterback Trent Edwards (12-11 as a starter before being benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick last season) in the third round and defensive end C.J. Ah You (cut after his first preseason). In 2008, Buffalo traded that third-round pick from the Ravens in a deal for Jacksonville defensive tackle Marcus Stroud, who had an up-and-down season for the Bills. So, the Ravens got a red-zone monster in McGahee, and the Bills got two potential starters in 2010 with Edwards and Stroud. Winner: Even.

April 2008: The Ravens trade a fourth-round pick for cornerback Fabian Washington. In his first season with the Ravens (2008), Washington was the team's most consistent cornerback. He was more uneven in 2009 before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. With Lardarius Webb's status uncertain, Washington will likely be a starter for a third straight season. Not surprisingly, the Raiders messed up in using a draft pick on a wide receiver. Oakland selected Arman Shields in the fourth round and cut him after he spent his rookie season on injured reserve. Winner: Ravens.

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