5 Baltimore Ravens Who Shouldn’t Be Back In 2014
Baltimore Ravens Who Shouldn't Be Back In 2014
The Baltimore Ravens are a team in the midst of a transition. Just one year removed from a Super Bowl victory, they overhauled their roster heading into this season and wound up watching as the playoffs took place. They don’t want to make that a habit, and have the chance to make the right moves this offseason to set themselves up for a long run of contention.
Last year the Ravens were a victim of their own success. After winning the championship they found themselves in a bad way with the salary cap. To their credit, they were decisive and proactive in cutting the right players and shedding money. They aren’t totally done with the transformation, however, and have more tough cuts to make this spring. Keeping the right guys, and letting the right ones go, will define the Ravens for years to come.
The harsh truth in the NFL today is that a player is only as valuable as his cap number. Other than elite players at elite positions, there just isn’t any room on the roster for players who cost more money than they are worth. The Ravens want to set themselves up for years of success, and they can do just that with some strategic moves. Moves that will not only put them in position to win next year, but ones that will set them up well against the cap moving forward.
This season saw plenty of change for the Ravens, and that should continue this offseason with these five players finding work with other teams next year.
5. Arthur Jones
Arthur Jones, an unrestricted free agent this spring, had a breakout year for the Ravens with 53 tackles and four sacks. Unfortunately, that will most likely means some other team will offer him a lucrative contract, and Baltimore will not break the bank to keep him around.
4. Sam Koch
Sam Koch is a good enough punter, but no punter is worth the $2.8 million cap hit he comes with next season. The Ravens need to let him go and replace him with a younger, cheaper model.
3. Vonta Leach
Nobody uses a fullback in the NFL anymore, and despite how good Vonta Leach is, there just isn't any good reason to keep him and his $2.3 million cap number around for next year.
2. Ed Dickson
Ed Dickson, a former third-round draft pick, has been disappointing since his seemingly breakout season two years ago. Dickson had a measly 25 catches for just one lonely touchdown this season. The Ravens would be wise to let him walk in free agency.
1. Terrell Suggs
Terrell Suggs might still be one of the best edge pass rushers around, but he isn't getting any younger and comes with a whopping $12.4 million cap number in 2014. It's always tough to cut ties with someone who's been so integral to your franchise, but that's what you have to do to stay on top in the NFL.