After cutting receiver Derrick Mason, the Baltimore Ravens wanted to fill the void with a more explosive receiver.
First, Steve Smith's name was mentioned. But he chose to stay with the Carolina Panthers.
Then, Malcom Floyd was next in line. But that pursuit ended Friday when Floyd re-signed with the San Diego Chargers. Floyd, 29, reportedly will make a maximum of $7 million over the next two seasons.
This is a tough blow to the Ravens. They released Mason, veteran tight end Todd Heap and running back Willis McGahee to clear cap space for more dynamic replacements.
Floyd would have been a great addition to the Ravens. His big-play ability was just what Baltimore and fourth-year quarterback Joe Flacco needed.
Options are dwindling nearly two weeks into free agency. Baltimore still has a chance to come full circle and re-sign Mason. But deep speed would be lacking in the starting lineup.