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Don't blame the Ravens, blame the salary cap [Letter]

The comments I've been reading about the failure of the Ravens to make the playoffs this year all dance around the real issue: the salary cap ("Ravens' offseason primer on free agents and a salary cap update," Dec. 31).

The cap was lowered for 2013, and that is the primary cause for the Ravens not being able to hold onto some its best talent on offense and defense.

Each year as players excel, and especially when they win the Super Bowl, salaries in general and especially those for the best talent are sure to go up, not down.

For this reason, the Ravens had to make some tough choices regarding which top players they could keep and which new players to pursue while not exceeding the salary cap.

I can't blame the players for seeking higher salaries, especially when they excel. The salary cap makes it difficult, at best, to keep a solid team together from year to year, and it makes it difficult to maintain team chemistry.

The salary cap also makes it difficult, at best, for teams to win back-to-back Super Bowls. The teams at the bottom of the league have first crack at the top college prospects every year, which can help them to improve each year. So why is a salary cap necessary to spread talent around the league, when the draft can accomplish the same without "robbing" top talent from the good teams?

I am in favor of either abolishing the salary cap or significantly raising it to keep up with the salary growth necessary for teams to keep their most talented players. If some type of cap is desirable, have teams pay a penalty if their players' salaries are excessive.

The current salary cap has proven to be much too low for teams to keep all of their top talent from year to year. I miss the days when fans could root for essentially the same team year to year that keeps all its top players.

Larry Scheinin, Baltimore

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