Ravens Found Geno Stone replacement in Micah Hyde

In order to replace Geno Stone, should the Ravens think about adding a previous Pro Bowl safety?

The Ravens could splash some cash late in free agency.

The Baltimore Ravens are well-known for holding off on making any moves until the very end of free agency, frequently taking advantage of older players who reduce their asking price. Although the majority of the fan base may like to see an offensive guard like Dalton Risner added, a guy like safety Micah Hyde makes sense.

Although the league’s finest safety tandem already consists of Kyle Hamilton and Marcus Williams, the loss of Geno Stone in a crucial third safety position must be rectified. Sanoussi Kane of Purdue was drafted by Baltimore this year, but as a late seventh-round pick, he is essentially guaranteed nothing.

Released as a part of the Buffalo Bills’ financial bloodletting this offseason, Hyde is still looking for a team that needs defensive back help and can help him slip that elusive championship ring on his finger. Could the Ravens, who could stand to add one more defensive back, be that team?

Jeff Kerr of CBS SportsĀ seems to think so, as he believes that Hyde and the Ravens are a great mutual fit for one another. Injuries may have sapped some of his effectiveness, but he won’t have to be the game-changer he was in Buffalo.

Baltimore Ravens urged to sign safety Micah Hyde

Hyde, who spent seven years with the Bills following an initial four-year stint in Green Bay, recorded 16 interceptions in Buffalo and was named a second-team All-Pro twice in that span. Buffalo routinely had some of the league’s best secondaries and overall defenses during his tenure.

Injuries will be a killer for any veteran player, and the fact Hyde has now missed 18 games in the last two seasons will give teams like Baltimore pause for thought. Will the range that made him such an effective player be there if the Ravens invest in him?

Part of the reason Baltimore should feel comfortable taking this gamble is the fact that the presence of Hamilton and Williams can help them guard against Hyde taking a step backward. Even in a limited state, Hyde proved to be fairly effective when the ball was in the air last year.

The Ravens may not have a ton of money to throw around in the name of signing free agents, but it wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world to identify Hyde as a still impactful player and give him an important role in arguably the league’s best defense.

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