In the run up to the biggest football game of the year between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers there’s a lot of people, quite rightly, focused on what’s happening in the now. Whilst some of you readers, and maybe a few of the players, just want Sunday to come around and be done with, I can think of one person who probably doesn’t want the week to ever end. The man I’m thinking of is Baltimore Ravens franchise master and general manager Ozzie Newsome.
In my last article I made some bold predictions on what the Ravens should do with their soon to be free agents and pointed out the obvious in saying that I had no idea what the Ravens cap space looked like and so my speculation on who to keep and who to cut was merely that, speculation.
In the short space of twenty-four hours I have been enlightened as to what kind of cap wiggle room the Ravens have, and let’s just say there will be no wiggling in Baltimore this off-season.
Reports estimate that the Ravens will be $20 million over the salary cap if they put the franchise tag on Joe Flacco, which will then decrease to a “mere” $16 million due to the retirement of Ray Lewis.
I am neither a math genius nor a salary cap guru but I can say this for sure; the Ravens front office has their work cut out for them in the months to come. Let’s just hope that a Super Bowl victory softens the blow of any big name cuts the Ravens have to make.