A change of scenery might do Willie Snead a lot of good because he's expected to spend 2018 as the Ravens' primary slot receiver. It wasn't long ago when Snead posted 1,800-plus yards over the course of two seasons, finishing as a No. 3 wideout in 2015 and 2016. The Ravens have never been a stronghold for receivers, but at least Snead will play there versus languishing on the Saints' bench as he did last season. With a ceiling of a borderline No. 4 wideout for Fantasy, Snead's no better than a late-round flier in the deepest of leagues, PPR or otherwise.
Snead isn't in uniform for Thursday's Hall of Fame Game against the Bears, freelance NFL writer Jeff Zrebiec reports. Snead is among a new set of wide receivers in Baltimore this season, arriving in April after the Saints declined matching a two-year, $7 million offer sheet. In addition to Snead, Michael Crabtree and John Brown will be on the sideline in the preseason opener.
The Saints will not match Snead's offer sheet with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Saints made it clear Snead wasn't a priority when they tabbed him with an original-round RFA tender rather than spending $1 million more for a second-round tag. The team reinforced that sentiment upon signing Cameron Meredith (knee) away from the Bears on a two-year, $9.6 million contract. Per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, Snead settled for a two-year, $7 million contract with the Ravens, though he can earn another $3.4 million in incentives. Snead's track record from the slot makes him a nice fit in Baltimore, where the other offseason WR additions -- Michael Crabtree and John Brown -- profile as perimeter threats. A 2014 undrafted free agent, Snead caught 141 of 206 targets for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns over 30 games in 2015 and 2016, but then had only eight catches in 11 contests last year, failing to regain his old role after starting the season with a three-game DUI suspension and a hamstring injury. The 25-year-old is unlikely to approach his 2015-16 efficiency stats -- 68.4 percent catch rate, 9.1 yards per target -- while playing with Joe Flacco instead of Drew Brees.
The Saints are not expected to match the two-year offer sheet Snead signed with the Ravens, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. Snead, a restricted free agent, signed a two-year offer sheet with the Ravens worth up to $10.4 million. The Saints recently signed Cameron Meredith away from the Bears and re-signed Brandon Coleman, so they have less of a need at wide receiver. The 25-year-old will presumably fill a need for the Ravens in the slot, while Michael Crabtree and John Brown are expected to be the primary perimeter receivers. An undrafted free agent in 2014, Snead compiled 141 receptions for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns across 30 games between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, but never really got reintegrated in the offense after starting last season with a DUI suspension and a hamstring injury. Barring a major surprise, Snead is set to head to Baltimore for the 2018 season.
Snead, a restricted free agent, is signing a two-year offer sheet with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The contract is worth up to $10.4 million, though it may be back-loaded or heavy on incentives. Regardless, the Saints are unlikely to match the offer, considering they recently signed Cameron Meredith away from the Bears on a similar contract and then re-signed Brandon Coleman, per ESPN.com's Mike Triplett. Snead would fill a clear need in the slot in Baltimore, where Michael Crabtree and John Brown -- primarily perimeter receivers -- have already been signed to replace offseason departures Mike Wallace (Eagles), Jeremy Maclin (unsigned) and Michael Campanaro (Titans). Snead entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and caught 141 passes for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in 30 games between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, thriving alongside Drew Brees while primarily working the slot. The 25-year-old never reintegrated into the New Orleans offense after starting last season with a DUI suspension and then a hamstring injury, catching eight passes in 11 games. The Saints won't receive any compensation if they decline to match the contract, as they used an original-round tender on Snead. That in itself was a clear sign the team considered him expendable, as a second-round tender would've likely prevented offer sheets and only cost about $1 million more. The Saints have five days to make their decision official.
Snead reported to the Saints on Monday for the beginning of the team's voluntary offseason workout program, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. A restricted free agent, Snead hasn't signed his original-round tender for approximately $1.9 million, likely still hoping to sign an offer sheet with another team. His participation in the offseason program suggests he isn't happy with the offers he's getting and may prefer to stay with the Saints for another year before hitting unrestricted free agency next offseason. Coming off a monstrously disappointing 2017 campaign, Snead profiles as the Saints' likely No. 4 receiver after the team lured Cameron Meredith (knee) away from the Bears with the type of RFA offer sheet Snead would've liked to sign. Leading 2017 receivers Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn both are returning, while Meredith is optimistic he'll bounce back from last year's torn ACL in time for training camp. Snead visited with the Ravens a couple weeks ago, but he ultimately left Baltimore without signing an offer sheet. Per ESPN.com's Mike Triplett, Friday is the deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
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|7||10/21||New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|14||12/09||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|15||12/16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||23.75|
|16||12/23||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
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