Ravens sign Jordan Richards

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The Ravens and Patriots didn’t officially make a trade this week, but they might as well have hooked up on a deal.

The Ravens cut cornerback Justin Bethel on Monday and the Patriots signed him on Tuesday. To make room for Bethel on the roster, the Patriots released defensive back Jordan Richards and Richards has found a landing spot in Baltimore.

The Ravens announced on Thursday that they have signed Richards to their 53-man roster. Richards was a 2015 second-round pick by the Patriots and spent three years with the team before being traded to the Falcons. He returned to New England early this month after spending the offseason with the Raiders.

Every snap Richards played with the Patriots this season came on special teams. Given Bethel’s focus on that area before his release, it’s likely that Richards will be in a similar role with the Ravens.

All parties will get a chance to renew acquaintances when the Patriots come to Baltimore in Week Nine.

24 responses to “Ravens sign Jordan Richards

  1. Wouldn’t be the first Pats special teamer to end up with the Ravens (Cyrus Jones). Another high Pats draft pick on special teams.

  2. The Patriots don’t want Bennett to go to an AFC rival, but they would gladly pay Jordan Richards airfare to one.

  3. These teams and coaches know each other pretty well already and I doubt guys like Richards or Bethel had much new inside info about how each team are planning to face the wk9 game.

  4. Clever espionage planned by BB.

    Richards is implanted with a micro chip that will allow the Patriots to gather intel on the Ravens.

    Just another loophole that BB found in the Rule book – NFL Rules do not cover Players being implanted with covert technology.

  5. deathonwings410 says:

    October 24, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Traded Bethel for Richards and kept the 4th comp

    True, but Bethel is a 3 time ST’s pro bowler and Richards is barely in the league.

  6. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 23, 2019 at 11:25 am
    Classic move by the Patriots. Signing a player just so they can pick his brain to gain insight on his former team’s playbook because they play them soon. Cheating? Only Patriots homers think it isn’t.
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    So are the Raven cheating now? Maybe if you were not so focused on the Pats you would realize all teams do this sort of thing. Another example of why you cannot think rationally because you are all mad at the Patriots.

  7. patsarticlemustpost says:
    October 24, 2019 at 11:52 am
    rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 23, 2019 at 11:25 am
    Classic move by the Patriots. Signing a player just so they can pick his brain to gain insight on his former team’s playbook because they play them soon. Cheating? Only Patriots homers think it isn’t.
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    So are the Raven cheating now? Maybe if you were not so focused on the Pats you would realize all teams do this sort of thing. Another example of why you cannot think rationally because you are all mad at the Patriots.
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    Now now…. don’t be too hard on the child….
    & don’t go using logic either….. it will be lost on him….. you should know that by now, everyone else does!!!!

  8. weeisux says:
    October 24, 2019 at 11:50 am
    deathonwings410 says:

    October 24, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Traded Bethel for Richards and kept the 4th comp

    True, but Bethel is a 3 time ST’s pro bowler and Richards is barely in the league.

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    True but put it in these terms. If the Ravens kept him they lost a 4th round pick. Would you ever pick a player in the 4th round knowing they will only play ST? No. Any team would want to take a crack at an impact player in 4th round and fill out ST as they go.

  9. So the Ravens cut a Pro-Bowl special teams player and then sign a special teams player to replace him? I’ll admit it, Harbaugh has me flummoxed on this one.

  10. True but put it in these terms. If the Ravens kept him they lost a 4th round pick. Would you ever pick a player in the 4th round knowing they will only play ST? No. Any team would want to take a crack at an impact player in 4th round and fill out ST as they go

    Your question ignores a key logical element. Would a team pick a Special Teamer in the 4th (it is a compensatory 4th, almost a 5th) KNOWING that player would become a multiple time Pro Bowler like Bethel? I strongly believe Belichick would and many other coaches would too.

  11. True but put it in these terms. If the Ravens kept him they lost a 4th round pick. Would you ever pick a player in the 4th round knowing they will only play ST?
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    Its certainly been done for kickers and punters. Given Belichick’s history of dominant special team players such as Larry Izzo and Matthew Slater, yes I think he would.

  12. I posted this in the other article when the Patriots signed Justin Bethel.

    BAL sends CB Justin Bethel to NE for S Jordan Richards + 4th round pick (compensatory)

    That’s a win for Baltimore. You can find special teams guys anywhere.

  13. It’s really all much ado about nothing. The Ravens would rather ensure they keep a comp pick and clear up a little cap space (they had a reported $2 mil before Bethel’s release and they signed him to a 2 year deal worth at least 3 mil a year if I remember right, gives DeCosta more room to work a trade for a pass rusher if possible) and the Patriots saw an opportunity to improve their special teams which they have. Now if you’re counting on Bethel to cover anyone on defense, think twice. Arizona and all his previous destinations speak against that and even with all the secondary injuries the Ravens had they STILL didn’t put Bethel out there, what does that tell you? Richards may even find himself already cut if DeCosta does work out a hypothetical pass rusher trade.

  14. It tires me to listen/read Patriot fans worship their coach and QB. True story, I met a Patriot fan wearing a Brady jersey who could not name a single other player on the team. And that was when Gronk was still playing. Thankfully we are close to the end and the bandwagon will clear out.

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