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Ravens should have traded for Martin

Jonathan Martin would have been a nice lottery ticket for Baltimore, a team in need of more help along the offensive line.
Jonathan Martin would have been a nice lottery ticket for Baltimore, a team in need of more help along the offensive line.
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The Baltimore Ravens are a team that values character and locker room cohesion, but they are also known for leaving no stone unturned.

Given their issues along the offensive line, it would have made sense for the team to take a strong look at former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who was just traded to the San Francisco 49ers for only a 7th round pick.

He's a young, talented player who had a very poor experience in his short time with the Dolphins, but the Ravens are one of the NFL's best and most stable organizations.

While the Ravens don't have the strong locker room they used to have with veterans like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin on patrol, John Harbaugh runs a tight ship and the organization as a whole won't tolerate bullying or any other type of misconduct.

There is some concern about Martin's mental health and the fact he walked out on his team, as well as his toughness. Those are things that will cause a lot of teams to shy away from him, but he could have been a great fit in Baltimore.

He still needs to hit the weight room and get a bit stronger, but this is the perfect low-risk/high-reward scenario. The Ravens could have plugged Martin in as their left guard, allowing Kelechi Osemele to move over to right tackle.

With Eugene Monroe re-signed, the offensive line would have looked young and talented, with center being the only position of real concern. The difference from 2013 to 2014 would be night and day.

It will be interesting to see how Martin's career evolves in San Francisco under John Harbaugh's brother.