Which Pass Rusher is the better option: Jason Pierre-Paul or Justin Houston?
The Ravens reportedly had a good visit with veteran passer Jason Pierre-Paul last week, but Ebony Bird’s Justin Fried thinks Justin Houston is the best option of the two 33-year-old players.
“Pierre-Paul has not been a reliable contributor for two years and has just suffered a serious injury,” Fried wrote. “Meanwhile, Houston was a rock-solid contributor last season, knows the system well and doesn’t have a major recent injury history to speak of.
It was reported last month that the Ravens used the unrestricted free agent offer on Houston, who played well in his first season in Baltimore last year. If Houston signs with a new team before July 22 or the first day of training camp, whichever is later, the signing will count toward the NFL’s compensatory formula. If he doesn’t sign by the deadline, Baltimore would retain exclusive bargaining rights to 110% of his 2021 salary, according to the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement.
RavensWire’s Kevin Oestreicher didn’t weigh in on which player is best suited, but he believes signing Pierre-Paul would be a good move.
“Adding Pierre-Paul on a cheap one-year contract that could eventually allow the veteran to hit free agency again in 2023 seems like it would benefit both parties as the Ravens would add a proven player to a position of need. while the passing thrower would have the opportunity to rebuild some of his value that was lost during his injury-filled season last year,” Oestreicher wrote.
Playing with a torn rotator cuff last season, Pierre-Paul was limited to 2.5 sacks in 12 games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He underwent shoulder surgery in February. In 2020, Pierre-Paul had 9.5 sacks and four forced fumbles, made the Pro Bowl and helped the Buccaneers win the Super Bowl. From 2018 to 2020, he had 30.5 sacks in 42 games.
Houston had 4.5 sacks and 17 quarterback hits in 15 games with the Ravens last season. He had 37.5 sacks in 59 games between 2017 and 2020.