Ravens tried several deals, targeting Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard

The Baltimore Ravens, who were in first place in the AFC North, thriving despite a string of early injuries, ultimately did not trade ahead of last week’s trade deadline. But it wasn’t for lack of trying.

According to several league executives, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta was one of the most active last week working on the phones in an effort to bolster his roster. DeCosta took aim at a handful of positions and tried it all.

Most notably, the Ravens made a run on Dolphins All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard, sources say, aiming to add a marquee to their secondary for the second half. That’s just one of the major deals they discussed.

Still, Howard isn’t Raven now for various reasons. First, Miami wanted premium picks for a player of Howard’s caliber, likely a first-rounder and beyond. To do that, Baltimore would have wanted the dolphins to eat some of Howard’s $13,785 million salary.

Despite efforts on both sides and some good faith negotiations, no trade ever materialized.

It wasn’t the first time the Dolphins had trade talks around Howard, as the Cowboys had similar discussions during the draft.

As for the Ravens, they looked for reinforcements early on, in part because of their range of injuries. Running backs JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards, cornerback Marcus Peters and left tackle Ronnie Stanley were among the high-profile injuries. Baltimore was investigating possible deals in some of the areas where they had injuries.

Ultimately, like most teams after the trading deadline, they will have to move on with what they have.

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