After Super Bowl XLVII, linebacker Ray Lewis probably won’t be the only one not returning to the Baltimore Ravens for the 2013 season. It’s been reported that there is a possibility that wide receiver Anquan Boldin could be released in order to make more room for Baltimore’s salary cap this coming offseason.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome will have a lot to consider after the Super Bowl. The potential release of Boldin will leave the door open for Baltimore’s organization to give quarterback Joe Flacco the big contract that he desires. However, Newsome still has the option of slapping the franchise tag on Flacco, which will be worth about $14.6 million. Either way, the Ravens will need breathing room in their salary cap to compensate Flacco’s salary for 2013.
With all of the money that will more than likely be tied up in the Ravens’ quarterback, and assuming that Boldin won’t be with the team next season, Baltimore will need to figure out how to fill the void at receiver.
Boldin is definitely a great compliment to fellow receiver Torrey Smith, but looking at their roster, the Ravens will either have to find a replacement through free agency, or via the draft.
Personally, I think that they are better off searching for a receiver in the draft in the event that Boldin is released. Looking at the free agent receivers that come close to matching the level of talent of Boldin (Greg Jennings, Dwayne Bowe, Mike Wallace), Baltimore will have to spend a pretty penny to acquire them.
There even could be a possibility that wide receiver could be the Ravens’ number one priority in this year’s draft.
Newsome knows how to pick talent, so there shouldn’t be anything to worry about if they choose to get a receiver in the draft. Furthermore, the emergence of Flacco will make it easier for Baltimore to attract free agent receivers
Regardless of what happens, the Ravens’ offense should be just fine.
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