But as it turns out, the team was looking to upgrade another position at the trade deadline.
Miami Dolphins defensive back Xavien Howard openly requested a trade before the season began, putting his name in trade rumors from the start.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport has reported that the Ravens made a good effort to trade for him, but a deal never materialized.
Such a blockbuster deal involved a lot of money and it appears there was never a firm agreement on compensation.
Miami wanted premium picks for Howard, likely a 1st round pick+more.
Howard would've helped replace Marcus Peters.pic.twitter.com/Nz4s1U5ieS
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 7, 2021
A Tough Player To Trade
Howard was an All-Pro last season and is in the midst of a five-year deal he signed back in 2019.
He is under contract through 2024 and is seen as one of the best at his position in the NFL.
That means the Ravens would have needed to send some serious draft compensation in return.
They may have ultimately felt their roster was strong enough to stay competitive without Howard in the mix.
Yet the Ravens do have the worst pass defense in the NFL, even if they make up for it against the run.
Losing Marcus Peters was a terrible blow and just added to the preseason concerns facing this Ravens team.
But they remain atop the AFC North thanks to the stellar play of Lamar Jackson.
As for the Dolphins, they can focus on preparing for 2022 with Howard as a key piece on defense.
Xavien Howard calls it a blessing to remain a Miami Dolphin beyond Tuesday's trade deadline.
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) November 4, 2021
That franchise may be set for some major changes this offseason that could even include a new head coach.
Having Howard on the roster at least provides some sense of stability, as long as he doesn’t demand another trade.