Ravens signed Alejando Villanueva just in time

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The Ravens have mastered the art of signing free agents after the window closes on the acquisition counting toward the compensatory draft pick formula. But waiting to sign free agents entails a risk of having some other team making a move.

As it relates to former Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva, the Ravens narrowly avoided the possibility of another suitor emerging for the player’s services. And the Ravens know it.

On the same day that the Ravens announced their deal with Villanueva, the day after the conclusion of the compensatory draft pick period, news emerged that the Broncos have lost right tackle Ja'Wuan James for the season. With former Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak now working in Denver, the Broncos likely would have become interested in Villanueva.

The Ravens still may have gotten Villanueva, but it may have been more expensive to close the deal — more expensive than the two-year, $14 million deal that Villanueva signed in Baltimore. Ultimately, the Broncos may have diverted some of the money that will be saved via the James injury to pursue Villanueva.

2 responses to “Ravens signed Alejando Villanueva just in time

  1. Timing is everything in life. Villanueva will be out to prove he can still play. He will play right tackle for the Ravens, not left tackle. It will be more suitable for him at this stage in his career to make the switch. He can also fill in as a left tackle in case Stanley is not ready to start the season, as he is coming off a severe injury. Good signing over all.
    Some Steelers fans are saying that he is washed up, The Ravens have certainly done their due diligence. And if they didn’t think he would be a good fit in their scheme, they would not have aggressively pursued him ($14 mil). I am super excited for the football season to start. Let’s go!!!!!!

  2. The Ravens wouldn’t have paid AV $14 mil, if there weren’t other teams interested either.

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