The New Orleans Saints have decided not to adapt the biennial offer sheet of the Baltimore Ravens to broad receiver Willie Snead, a source that Adam Schefter has been confirmed by ESPN.
Snead, who was a restricted free agent, voted a two-year offer sheet with the Ravens last week. The Saints had five days to comply with the offer before finally declining.
The deal is worth $ 7 million, with $ 3.4 million in incentive, and includes a $ 2 million bonus, according to one source.
CBS Sports first reported that the Saints wanted to decline to comply with Saturday's bid.
The deal with Snead leads the Ravens out of the race for former Dallas Cowboys "The decision of the Saints is not surprising as Sneads role has dropped so sharply over the last year and they recently lost to their colleague Cameron Meredith committed to a similar two-year contract in the $ 10 million range, "said Dez Bryant. They also re-signed veteran backup receiver Brandon Coleman last week.
Bryant was cut by the Cowboys last week. However, the move would not prevent the Ravens from taking a wide receiver early this week of NFL draft.
The Ravens have been looking for a slot receiver to mate with free media additions Michael Crabtree and John Brown. Baltimore brought Snead to visit at the end of March and he received passports from Robert Griffin III.
Snead, 25, was one of the NFL's most underrated slot receivers in 2015-16, a total of 141 catches for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns. He only had eight catches last year because of the limited playing time that resulted from a three-game DUI suspension early in the year and an early thigh injury.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome said at the NFL scouting combine that Baltimore wanted to improve the position. Ravens last year's biggest receivers – Mike Wallace (free agent) and Jeremy Maclin (cut) – are currently out of the team.
Baltimore's big receivers produced the fourth highest number of yards in the NFL last season with 3,235. Only the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts did less.
Jamison Hensley and Mike Triplett of ESPN contributed to this report.