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Ravens hosting Willie Snead for visit, continuing their pursuit for receivers

Injuries and a suspension derailed Willie Snead last year, but he put up solid numbers the two previous seasons. Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens are hosting New Orleans Saints restricted free agent Willie Snead for a visit on Wednesday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Baltimore has already signed veterans Michael Crabtree and John Brown in free agency.

The Ravens wouldn't have to give any draft pick compensation to the Saints if they signed Snead to an offer sheet and New Orleans declined to match it. He received the low tender of one year for $1.9 million after originally being an undrafted rookie.

It could be an interesting visit for Snead considering the Baltimore area is expected to get heavy snowfall Wednesday.

Snead, 25, was one of the most underrated slot receivers in the NFL in 2015-16, totaling 141 catches for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns. He only managed eight catches last year because of limited playing time, which stemmed from a three-game DUI suspension to start the year and an early-season hamstring injury.

Snead's strengths are his football awareness and route-running. He doesn't have outstanding physical traits or size (5-foot-11, 195 pounds), but he consistently gets open.

Wide receiver has been the primary focus of the Ravens despite their limited cap space. Baltimore struck agreements with Brown and Ryan Grant before free agency officially began. After Grant failed his physical due to an ankle issue, the Ravens immediately signed Crabtree.

General manager Ozzie Newsome indicated at the combine that there would be big changes at wide receiver, saying Baltimore wanted to revamp the position. The Ravens' top two wide receivers from last season -- Mike Wallace (free agent) and Jeremy Maclin (cut) -- are currently not on the team.

Baltimore's wide receivers produced the fourth-fewest receiving yards in the NFL last season with 3,235. Only the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts managed fewer.