OWINGS MILLS, MD — It’s official; Lardarius Webb is coming back to Baltimore.
Rumors of the 31-year-old’s return to the Ravens have been swirling around for a few days, but on Saturday afternoon it was made official. Webb and the Ravens have, reportedly, agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million deal.
Webb was released by the Ravens on March 10, a day after they signed free agent safety Tony Jefferson. Webb hit the market and did not receive a lot of interest from other teams. His return to the Ravens allows him to finish his career in Baltimore, something that the eight-year veteran has always wanted to do.
Webb, a former third round pick out of Nicholls State, played the first seven years of his career at cornerback. Following two ACL tears, among other injuries. Webb’s play at the corner position started to decline, and the Ravens converted him to a safety last season. Webb finished the 2016 campaign with 59 tackles, a sack, and an interception.
Webb’s future role with the Ravens will be an interesting scenario to watch next season. Right now, the Ravens have Eric Weddle and Jefferson at safety. At corner, the assumed starters as of now are Jimmy Smith and Tavon Young. Webb has thrived as a slot corner in the past, so the Ravens could use him there. However, Young is thought to be the slot corner of the future after a solid rookie season.
Bringing Webb back was a good depth move for the Ravens. It is no secret that Baltimore’s secondary has had its share of health problems over the past few seasons, so having bodies certainly helps. Another thing to consider is that the Ravens’ pass rush situation is uncertain. Terrell Suggs turns 35 in October, youngsters Za’Darius Smith and Matt Judon are unproven, and the Ravens traded Timmy Jernigan to the Eagles on Tuesday.
Webb has been a staple in Baltimore since he came into the league. He is certainly not the player he once was, but he his veteran presence, along with that of Weddle and Jefferson, is important to have on any team. Webb is also very active off the field with his charity work, so this deal has a lot of positives.
With Webb’s return, look for the Ravens to attack pass rusher early in the draft, as well as help out the offensive side of the ball. So far, the only real addition the Ravens have added to the offense is running back Danny Woodhead.