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Will the Ravens be anywhere near the SB next season?

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  1. josh24

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    Given the amount of important players they have on the free agency, is gonna be interesting how they manage that situation.

    Here are their FAs and their minimum salary for 2013:

    BAL 2013 Cap salary : $15.7 mill

    QB
    Joe Flacco - $715,000

    RB
    Anthony Allen - $630,000
    Damien Berry - $630,000
    Bobby Rainey - $630,000

    TE
    Ed Dickson (RFA) - $715,000
    Dennis Pitta (RFA) - $715,000
    Billy Bajema - $840,000

    OT
    Ramon Harewood (RFA) - $630,000
    Bryant McKinnie - $940,000

    C
    Morgan Cox (RFA) - $715,000

    DE
    Arthur Jones (RFA) - $715,000
    Ryan McBean - $715,000

    DT
    Bryan Hall (RFA) - $630,000
    Ma'ake Kemoeatu - $940,000

    LB
    Josh Bynes - $630,000
    Albert McClellan - $630,000
    Ricky Brown - $840,000
    Dannell Ellerbe - $715,000
    Paul Kruger - $715,000

    CB
    Cary Williams - $715,000
    Chris Johnson - $715,000

    S
    Emanuel Cook (RFA) - $715,000
    Sean Considine - $840,000
    James Ihedigbo - $715,000
    Ed Reed - $940,000

    Retiring
    LB Ray Lewis
    C Matt Birk (not sure actually, many rumors around this one)

    These are only base minimum salaries, and do not include signing bonuses, roster bonuses or any other incentives.

    Ravens GM face a serious problem this offseason:
    - How can you keep Flacco, who will probably be one of the highest paid players in the NFL next year, plus signing Ellerbe, Kruger, Pitta, Dickson, Reed, Williams and McKinnie, all of them being key for this team to make a succesful SB run this year?
    - If you can't keep them, where will you find a cheap replacement?

    My answer to the original question is no. With Flacco getting somewhere around 16-18 mill a year, there is no cap for a balanced team. Reed and Williams will probably go, and they won't keep Pitta, Ellerbe and Kruger happy with cheap contracts.
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    Helllllllll no
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    Wouldnt it be hilarious If they pull a Trent Dilfer and don't bring him back??
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    The Ravens are going to have a hard time winning their division regardless. Then they've got to beat two of three........ Texans, Patriots, Broncos....

    If they get to the Super Bowl, they'll be battle tested, & probably win another one.
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    what battle tested??...playing defensive holding every snap of every playoff game and betting the refs assigned allow it like THIS post season's hack crews?...Hochuli would have called at least 10 pI calls on the Ravens tonight..at least
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    Sorry, but I don't see them even reaching the AFC title game next season. Lots of personnel changes are going to be made and for most of those guys, it was probably their last ride on the team. It's only fitting that they won a ring.

    They'll probably win their division again and maybe lose in the divisional round to New England or Houston.

    I look forward to seeing the Patriots (assuming they upgrade a few areas of the team) and the Broncos (improving young talent and Peyton will be as good as advertised) at the end of it in the AFC next season. Not confident in the Texans, nor so with a Steelers bounceback.
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    If you can't adjust to a certain style of reffing, you're a team that needs special circumstances to win.

    That's not a winner. Every team could've recognized the trend of officiating. Kudos to those that played a little friskily and got away with it.
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    Ravens plan was to hold and knew that the refs wouldn't call it every play and in the case of the last two games, never. Sick of this BS NFL has become WWE
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    I'll go with "Hell naw" for 300 alex.
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    they will be in the playoffs again..they will still win that division just like pats will win their division
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    Yeah, this is probably true. The Steelers are getting hit hard by the cap too. The Bengals would have to improve, but they're losing some important pieces too.

    Hmm, maybe the Browns should make a play for a talented QB who is a backup on another team, with the goal of taking advantage of what should be a weak AFCN next year.
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    Wow, I never thought I'd see a fan of one team congrulate a rival team on taking advantage of bad officiating.
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    Between Flacco and Lewis, their combined 2012 salaries were just under $12 mill. That's a nice starting place to find money to pay Flacco and rework the rest of the roster

    Here are the Ravens' top salary-cap figures for 2013:

    Player Base salary Salary-cap figure

    Terrell Suggs $6.4 million $13.02 million

    Haloti Ngata $4 million $11.5 million

    Anquan Boldin $6 million $7.531 million

    Marshal Yanda $4.5 million $7.45 million

    Ray Lewis $5.4 million $7.3 million

    Ray Rice $8 million $5.75 million

    Lardarius Webb $7.385 million $5.385 million

    Jacoby Jones $4 million $4.9 million

    Vonta Leach $3 million $4.33 million

    Michael Oher $3.085 million $4.255 million

    Jameel McClain $3 million $4.2 million

    Matt Birk $2.75 million $3.45 million

    Bernard Pollard $2.5 million $3.25 million


    On second thought, lets raid and trade with Baltimore
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    It's called adaptation to circumstance and is the key to success in sport as well as life, fool.
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    I doubt it. I give them props for doing what they did but I think
    they'll some key guys due to the cap and they have the Steelers
    in that division AND the Texans, Colts, Broncos and Pats to contend
    with in the AFC. I think they'll be in the tourney but not a deep run
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    They peaked. They're players are older now. The offseason is going to humble their defense. Their offense will still be good, but they will need to rebuild on the fly like we had to 4-5 years ago.
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    The Ravens will be 191 miles from the SB game next season
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    Next year's Ravens *should* be significantly worse than this year's. Offensively, they really came together once they moved McKinnie to LT full time and put Oher at RT. Made them better at both tackle spots. McKinnie is a UFA, and even if they do bring him back, I doubt that he can hold up for another season -- they were lucky that he did this year.

    Defensively, they're going to be relying on a lot of young/unproven guys, and I would expect some growing pains there. Flacco's going to have to play up to the contract that he's going to get -- and I think he can, he was amazing this postseason --and they're going to have to become an offense-first team, for the most part. With Webb, Suggs, and Ngata, they're going to have some premium talent on defense, regardless of whether they bring back Reed and Kruger, but of those guys, Ngata's body seems to be breaking down on him. They're probably hoping that Suggs will be better next season, when he'll be further removed from the injury that should have kept him off the field this year (no way in hell he wasn't taking HGH). Seems like a reasonable assumption, but this defense could become very top-heavy very fast, because they're going to have to pay a lot of guys on offense, and when you have a $20M per year quarterback, a lot of flexibility that you'd otherwise have goes right out the window.
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    I hope not. The Rat-Turds fans were insufferable with one SB win. I'd hate to see how much more obnoxious they'll become after three?
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    I would love to see a change of teams other than us in the playoffs in general. Let's see the Browns, Raiders, and Titans back in it.
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