Gary Kubiak became the long awaited suitor for the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator position yesterday. Kubiak was last an offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos during their two Super Bowl years in 1997 and 1998; he also got good seasons out of quarterbacks like Brian Griese and Jake Plummer.
As head coach of the Houston Texans, Kubiak led the franchise to it’s only two postseason appearances before being fired during an awful 2013 season in which nothing went right for the Texans. Two former Texans players that played under Kubiak, Jacoby Jones and Vonta Leach, both campaigned for Kubiak to come to Baltimore. Ironically, both players’ futures with the team could be in doubt. Could Kubiak’s presence alter the future of his two former players?
Leach is still under contract for 2014 with a $2.3 million cap hit. Leach was thought to be expendable after barely being used last year. The Ravens also used a 4th round pick last year to draft another fullback in Kyle Juszczyk. I figured Leach would be an easy cap casualty this year, but seeing as how he has experience in Kubiaks’s zone run schemes, Leach could easily find himself back in Baltimore for the 2014 season.
Jones is an unrestricted free agent and many pundits believe the Ravens won’t be able to afford him. In 2012, Jones signed a two year contract for around $7 million. It would seem unlikely for the Ravens to pay a similar amount or more for a No. 3 receiver/return man when they’ll have to shell out good money to hopefully keep Eugene Monroe and Dennis Pitta. Jones could probably only stay in Baltimore if we were willing to take a little less money.
As we’ve seen before, anything can happen with the Ravens. But if I had to make a prediction now, I’d say that Leach stays and Jones doesn’t. Until then, we’ll have about five more weeks to speculate.
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