Friday, February 1, 2013
Baltimore's cap conundrum
By Tim Kavanagh
As one of this year's contestants in the Super Bowl, things are looking good for the Baltimore Ravens right now, but when the page does turn on Monday morning, they'll need to get to work on sorting out a tricky salary cap situation.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that the Ravens are slated to be about $5 million over the projected 2013 cap, and that's before one adds in the new contract and/or franchise tag for QB Joe Flacco. This may make it difficult to bring back impending free agents like Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Cary Williams and others; however, Schefter has some ideas on how they can work this out:
Adam SchefterThis will be quite a different team next season
"Once Flacco is retained -- and he will be -- Baltimore will be closer to $20 million over the salary cap, which means it will not be able to keep all its free agents and will have to cut players to free up salary-cap space. Two prime candidates are wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Jacoby Jones, whose departures would free up a combined $9 million against the salary cap. Ray Lewis' retirement will save another $3.8 million. Baltimore can restructure the contracts of Terrell Suggs, Marshal Yanda and Haloti Ngata to save another $7 million. But Baltimore will want to try to keep some of its unrestricted free agents such as defensive backs Ed Reed and Cary Williams and linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe. But it's going to be impossible to bring back everyone. Some yes, most no. It all means that Lewis is hardly the only Raven playing his last game with Baltimore."