During the early part of the 2021 offseason, it seemed like the Ravens were content or destined to do little at the wide receiver position. As high-octane free agent wideouts like Kenny Golladay, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Corey Davis signed elsewhere, the Ravens sat on their hands and struck out — much to the dismay of a receiver-thirsty fanbase.
They then signed Sammy Watkins to a modest one-year deal. Watkins was a suitable fallback option and consolation prize, but adding him as the sole offseason move would not have been enough of an upgrade. After Eric DeCosta’s infamous “insulting” response in the pre-draft press conference, though, it seemed like maybe the Ravens were in fact content with Watkins being the only addition at the position.