Ravens To Sign Danny Woodhead

The Ravens will sign running back Danny Woodhead, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, adding Woodhead is now fully healthy after suffering a torn ACL during the 2016 season. It’s a three-year deal for Woodhead, tweets Michael Gehlken.Danny Woodhead (vertical)

Woodhead, PFR’s No. 10 running back, was pursued by at least two other clubs in recent days, the Chargers and the Broncos. Despite spending the past four seasons with the Bolts, Woodhead is opting to head east for Baltimore. In sum, Woodhead’s decision may have simply come down to money, as freelance reporter Michael Gehlken reports (Twitter link) the Ravens “came strong” with an offer despite the interest from Los Angeles and Denver.

In Baltimore, Woodhead will join a backfield that ranked 21st in rushing DVOA and is currently manned by Terrance West (who received an original round RFA tender this week), Kenneth Dixon, Javorius Allen, and Lorenzo Taliaferro. If he is truly recovered, Woodhead looks like the easy favorite for third-down work in a Ravens offense that increasingly relied on the short passing attack in 2016.

Receiving prowess has always been Woodhead’s strong point, as the 32-year-old has managed more than 30 receptions four times, and twice gone over 75 catches. He’s been serviceable on the ground, as well, and could carve out a true rushing role in a Ravens offense that lacks a No. 1 RB threat. Injuries, however, have ruined two of Woodhead’s past four campaigns, as a broken fibula wiped out 2014 while the aforementioned ACL injury sidelined him last year.

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12 comments on “Ravens To Sign Danny Woodhead

  1. monroekfv

    Woodhead ain’t got no wooden legs. This is a big pickup.

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    • BayAreaSportsFan

      Referring to last year’s team, he is correct in calling them San Diego. You only call them Los Angeles moving forward.

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  2. stxgb

    He owed it to the Chargers to stay. He was useless for two out of the four years. He took the money and ran

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    • BayAreaSportsFan

      Players in the NFL owe teams nothing. How many nfl players are cap casualties or have their contracts reworked?

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  3. mgrap84

    Not a bad pick up. Woodhead is a good receiving back and the fact that they are losing Jusceck then this signing makes sense

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