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John Harbaugh: Ravens could use another Anquan Boldin but at what cost?

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh discusses the many challenges from the 2020 NFL season.

It wouldn’t be a Ravens offseason without questions about adding a No. 1 wide receiver.

Coach John Harbaugh heard this familiar refrain during his season-ending news conference Wednesday and acknowledged that the Ravens could benefit from outside help, as they did when veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin signed on in 2010.

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“It kind of comes down to who you can get and what they’re going to cost, in the end, and who wants to be here,” Harbaugh said. “But if we could bring a quote-unquote Anquan Boldin in here, let’s do it, man. Let’s do it. Now, can we afford it? And what are the resources from other things that we need? That’s the details that we need to figure out.”

The Ravens have two receiving pieces set in 2018 first-round pick Marquise Brown and tight end Mark Andrews. Brown caught 11 passes for 196 yards over two playoff games, but the rest of the team’s wide receivers combined for just 54 yards on 10 catches. Willie Snead IV, the team’s third most productive receiver this season, is headed for free agency.

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The free-agent market projects to be stocked with gifted wide receivers such as Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson and Kenny Golladay. But the Ravens have already spent considerable resources on extensions for cornerback Marlon Humphrey and left tackle Ronnie Stanley, with an even larger deal for quarterback Lamar Jackson on the horizon. So it’s unclear whether they can afford a big-ticket pass catcher or whether such a player would want to join a low-volume passing attack.

“I think a big, physical receiver would be awesome for us,” Harbaugh said. “A big target for Lamar. It could be another tight end, too, or a speed guy to open things up and open the coverage up. We could use anybody who’s talented and good.”

As for the question of how to attract such a player to a team that ranked last in pass attempts, Harbaugh said he won’t beg.

“I’m not a college coach, and I don’t have to recruit anybody,” he said. “You want to win? You want to be part of a great organization and you want to be part of a team? You want to love coming to work every single day? You’re a football player and you love football? Come here. If you don’t, if you’re all about stats and numbers and your stat line, how many balls you catch necessarily. If that’s all you care for, then there’s a lot of other teams you can go play for, and we’ll be looking forward to lining up against you.”

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NFL KEY OFFSEASON DATES

The league has tentatively set its offseason schedule, which is subject to change because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb. 23-March 9: Franchise/transition player designation period

March 17: 2021 league year and free agency period begins at 4 p.m. ET

April 5: Start of offseason workouts for teams with new head coaches

April 19: Start of offseason workouts for teams with incumbent coaches

April 23: Last day of restricted free agent signing period

April 28: Last day to match offer sheets for RFAs

April 29-May 1: 2021 NFL draft

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