Though the deal can’t be made official until the start of the new league year on Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens will reportedly sign running back Danny Woodhead, according to a tweet from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
The Los Angeles Chargers have made several moves ahead of the start of the free-agent signing period, including re-signing safety Jahleel Addae on Wednesday. However, the loss of Woodhead will hurt the offense.
Though he missed much of last season after tearing his ACL in Week 2, Woodhead is one of the best receiving running backs in the league and Philip Rivers absolutely loved him on third downs. The team must address the running back position now with Melvin Gordon the only sure thing in the backfield at this point.
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Whether the Chargers plan to do that through free agency, the draft, or both, remains to be seen.
Woodhead spent four seasons with the Chargers after signing as a free agent in 2013 following three seasons with the New England Patriots. He ran for 919 yards and five touchdowns with the team in four years. He did most of his damage through the air, catching 167 passes for 1,419 yards and 13 touchdowns. He caught 80 passes in 2015.
It was felt by many that the Chargers would be able to retain Woodhead, but the Ravens will provide his new home, getting a true receiving back, something they haven’t had since Ray Rice was on the team.
Be sure to keep it here at Bolt Beat for all the free agency news as it starts to roll in. Also, let us know what you think of this move in the comments section. Are you sad to see Woodhead go?