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Author: Jon Kuzma
Baltimore Ravens General Manger Ozzie Newsome has recently announced that it’s a “high probability” the Ravens will sign Nick Mangold. After losing Ricky Wagner in free agency and trading away Jeremy Zuttah, the Ravens need to sign someone to keep this team competitive on the offensive line. Apparently Baltimore’s front office is working overtime to strike a deal with Mangold and bringing in a 7x Pro Bowler will definitely put the Ravens in a better situation offensively. Mangold can come in and help mentor the younger players on the roster and he will give the Ravens a little bit of nastiness upfront. That will not only help Joe Flacco significantly but it will also help the Ravens run the ball more effectively which will help the offense as a collective unit. Nick Mangold is 33 years old so he is definitely entering the twilight of his playing career. Keep in mind though guys like Bruce Matthews and Jackie Slater were able to play past 40 years old on the offensive line and Mangold has a chance to go down a similar path if he desires. That’s becoming less and less common in today’s era with more awareness about football injuries. Still Mangold is certainly talented enough to play that long and he will have to weigh his options when the time comes. You would think that the Ravens would offer Mangold a 2 year deal if they do sign him, just to make some kind of commitment to the veteran center. Maybe the Ravens go for an even shorter duration though and try to sign Mangold to a 1 year deal. All of these assumptions are just speculation right now but don’t be surprised if a deal materializes shortly. We know the Ravens are putting their efforts toward signing Nick Mangold, now we have to get a feel for what Mangold is thinking? Mangold’s mindset is likely weighing all his options but if the money is good enough expect to see Mangold back on the field shortly.
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