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Ravens looking hard at Walter

K. Walter.jpgWe’re going to post our wide receiver free agent preview later Wednesday, but we’ll give some of it away: Kevin Walter is ranked high on the list.

He’s not a game-breaker, but may come at a relatively low cost for a dependable wideout still in his prime.  According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens are doing their homework on him.

The team has reportedly been looking at a lot of tape on Walter to decide if he’s a fit.  Walter’s size and blocking ability match up well with what they do. 

It’s worth wondering if Walter is too similar a player to Derrick Mason, but there’s no guarantee that Mason will return.  At this point, the Ravens may feel like they can’t be too choosy in adding dependable receivers.  They need to pick up more than one.

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19 Responses to “Ravens looking hard at Walter”
  1. Evan2442 says: Mar 3, 2010 1:29 PM

    He would be a solid pick-up for them. All these RFA’s like Marshall and Jackson as well as Boldin in his last year, all come with the price of draft picks and then the headache of finding a contract for them during the season as well as the money they’d have to pay them. Most Ravens fans will be livid when we don’t get one of these stud WRs, but if they come out with a core such as Stallworth, Mason, Walter and maybe someone they draft in the first two rounds, they have a receiving core that costs 1/3 of what they’d have to pay someone like Marshall without giving up any picks.

  2. NagaSwan says: Mar 3, 2010 1:30 PM

    I wonder if the Ravens will sign T.O.
    He was a total bitch to them in the past, and they haven’t seemed to want him the last two times he was available.
    They need help though, they have some terrible receivers.

  3. BillsFan27 says: Mar 3, 2010 1:45 PM

    I have an idea – the Ravens can have T.O. and we’ll sign Walter.

  4. khlonghorn says: Mar 3, 2010 1:50 PM

    as a texans fan, I would hate to see Walter go…hes a sure handed receiver, commands the middle of the field and is just a dependable receiver. but we have Jacoby Jones and David Anderson behind him and we have other pressing FA needs over re-signing a WR…

  5. 24MountainCreeks says: Mar 3, 2010 1:51 PM

    I like him as a receiver quite a bit but who knows how he will be without a stud like Johnson on the other side of the field. Solid #2 guy but not a #1

  6. TheBengal13 says: Mar 3, 2010 1:52 PM

    This is disturbing news. I really think/thought that the Bengals are/ were going to look pretty hard at him too. It just makes too much sense that he re-joins the Bengals. He’s close with Carson, the Bengals need a solid slot/number 2 WR and, as I said, he’s a former Bengal. If Cincy can’t swing a deal for Brandon Marshall, this is the guy that I really hope they get in free agency. Mike Brown is crazy if he thinks that Matt Jones is the answer to the team’s WR issue.

  7. Big Stretch says: Mar 3, 2010 1:59 PM

    6’3″ 220lb WR with very good hands and no drama would be a good addition for a lot of teams in the league.
    Hey Buddy Nix you paying attention?

  8. Sow Crates says: Mar 3, 2010 2:00 PM

    Indianapolis outted the Balti defense in the playoffs this past season; the clear breaking point on what was an otherwise typically great Ravens’ defense was the weakness at the CB position.
    Going for a guy like Walter and saving picks to shore up at CB seems like a better move than dipping into the RFA pool of WR’s that Evan2442 named.

  9. Citizen Strange says: Mar 3, 2010 2:01 PM

    Are they walking hard at Dewey Cox?

  10. Bossman says: Mar 3, 2010 2:05 PM

    It doesn’t matter what the feloneous Ravens or the pissant Bengals do. The Steelers will be back to claim their Division Crown. Bet money on it and spend it right away.

  11. texansin2010 says: Mar 3, 2010 2:12 PM

    As a Texans fan, I sure do hope that we can match Walter’s demands… He didn’t have as great of a year last year as he did in 08′, but with this high powered offense we have in place I sure do want him back.
    He is a sure hands possession receiver and not afraid to go over the middle. Also gets me hype when he catches a big 1st down catch, he throws his arm forward.
    Hope to see you back in a Texans uniform Kevin.
    Also does great interview on his weekly show.

  12. Hurt Bones says: Mar 3, 2010 2:12 PM

    “It’s worth wondering if Walter is too similar a player to Derrick Mason”
    Wait did Derrrick Mason suddenly get 5 inches taller 31 pounds heavier and 7 1/2 years younger because otherwise they aren’t very similar.

  13. JustinG says: Mar 3, 2010 2:19 PM

    Solid pick for the Ravens if he lands there.

  14. Gregg Rosenthal says: Mar 3, 2010 2:28 PM

    Hurt: I thought about that and it’s a fair point. I just mean they are both #2 possession types that won’t do a ton after catch instead of lead guys.

  15. GTisMe says: Mar 3, 2010 3:01 PM

    I like the move if they’d still go after Marshall(for a 2), it would mean Mason is gone though. But seperation and size is the need. Marshall has both, Stallworth has speed and Walter has size, thats a weakness turned into a major strength.
    Corner in Round 1, I wonder if Chicago would take a 3 for Olsen? Nah, I’m dreamin’, they’ll get a 2 for him.
    Classy post Bossman, expect nothing less from Steeler fan.

  16. raven4life says: Mar 3, 2010 3:59 PM

    I agree with Evan2442 with the receiver corp looking like this in 2010 for the Ravens, Mason, Walter, Stallworth and a receiver acquired in the draft would be a solid upgrade from a year ago and would allow the Ravens to address other needs (CB/TE/Pass Rush) in the draft because the Ravens have built their team through the draft and although Marshall would be a homerun the contract the Ravens would have to pay him would hurt in the long run because the Ravens need to make sure to have enough cash to resign guys like Ngata and Rice in the future so Marshall in BMORE would be a dream come true however the cost would most likely outweigh the reward so go get Arrelious Benn (aka Boldin Jr with speed) or BayBay Thomas (Andre Johnson potential) and realize that those guys don’t have ego’s the size of Marshall (although I admit I would love to see Marshall in purple and black his ego and off field antics are counterproductive to his onfield presence)

  17. tx_tuff says: Mar 3, 2010 4:45 PM

    He is a great number 2 guy that gets looked over a lot of times. It’s good to see that people other then Texans fans knows what kind of player he is. I hope the Texans can keep him, if they think Jacoby Jones can fill his shoes they are crazy. Yes Jones can make a big play, but more often then not he will also make a big play for the other team as well!

  18. Crabcake says: Mar 3, 2010 6:53 PM

    Stupid steeler fans

  19. Route36West says: Mar 3, 2010 10:07 PM

    Who cares if he is like Derrick Mason. Mason even at his age dominates with out even a decent receiver across from him taking away some of the pressure.
    So I dont see how having two Masons is a bad thing. I bet if Baltimore could clone him and start him alongside himself they would.
    I think Kevin Walter has alot of potential and would be a good fit with the Ravens.
    He kind of reminds me of Kevin Curtis. As a receiver that has talent but was playing on a team with a superstar wide receiver. He could possibily match what Curtis did his first season with a new team.
    Lets just hope for the sake of the team that signs he doesnt get injured like Curtis the following 2 years.

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