With Aiken coming off a 75-catch breakout season, it made sense for the Ravens to pull the trigger on the second-round tender. After all, there’s a dearth of talent on the wide receiver market this offseason, and Baltimore didn’t want to risk losing Aiken or paying him even more if a rival team signed him to an offer sheet.
As PFR’s Top 10 list of free agent wide receivers shows, there isn’t a ton of high-end talent in this year’s class. Marvin Jones stands as our top-ranked receiver, followed by Travis Benjamin, Rishard Matthews, Rueben Randle, Anquan Boldin, Jermaine Kearse, Mohamed Sanu, Marques Colston, Brandon LaFell, and James Jones. Other notables include Andre Johnson, Roddy White, Nate Washington, Brian Quick, and Andre Holmes. While there’s name value in that bunch, Aiken’s ability and age (27 in May) would have put him pretty high on that list.
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