Bengals: First week free agency grades for every AFC North team

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Baltimore Ravens

New additions:

  • OT Morgan Moses
  • DT Michael Pierce
  • S Marcus Williams

It appears that the Ravens are content to spend on a couple of positions now and hopefully add lower-cost free agents later. Baltimore has numerous holes to fill, but the players they have inked provide a good start.

Morgan Moses, on many Bengal fans’ wish list, comes over from the Jets on a relatively cheap three-year, $15 million deal. The line was pretty bad in 2021 so that should begin to help keep defenses off Lamar Jackson. It should be noted that the team failed to retain Bradley Bozeman, so the addition of Moses could be offset, as he’ll slide into right tackle, which is another position of need for the Ravens.

Michael Pierce returns to Baltimore after a stint with the Vikings, also signing on a team-friendly three-year, $16.5 million deal. Williams is a solid run stuffer who should help shore up the interior of the defensive line.

Marcus Williams comes over from New Orleans as one of the best young safeties in the game. Williams agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal that should give the Bengals some idea of what Jessie Bates is going to cost. Williams will be an immediate upgrade at perhaps the Ravens’ neediest position.

Grade: A