Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith said earlier this week that he would like to see the team add a "move-the-chains guy" at receiver. Could Hakeem Nicks fit that bill? Well, for what it's worth, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley wrote Saturday that Baltimore "could end up" with the soon-to-be free agent.
Nicks caught 56 passes -- none of which went for scores -- for 896 yards this season.
Nicks isn't exactly Anquan Boldin or Nate Burleson. He registered 10 plays of 25 yards or more this season, the same total as Calvin Johnson. His yards-per-catch average of 16.0 ranked 11th in the league, between Michael Floyd and Alshon Jeffery.
Smith, understandably, finished fifth with a 17.4 average. But Nicks also isn't nearly as dynamic as Smith. He looked slow all year long with the Giants and as bad as their offense was, Nicks clearly underachieved in 2013.
I think the Ravens could fill this need in-house. A full season from tight end Dennis Pitta could give them the consistent possession option Smith desires. But I will admit a receiving trio of Smith, Pitta, and Nicks sure looks nice on paper. The Ravens should be interested in Nicks if they can get him to sign a short-term/cheap deal. He has averaged just 3.9 catches and 56.7 yards per game in 28 contests since the start of 2012. Add in the fact that he is injury-prone, and he shouldn't be given big money.