Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has said more than once in the past two years that the window of opportunity is getting narrower for the Ravens.
He was probably alluding to the age of some of the older players on the team, but there needs to be a sense of urgency for winning big in 2015. Besides the age factor, the Ravens have more than the usual prominent number of players who will be unrestricted free agents after this season.
And then there is the Joe Flacco factor.
The seventh-year quarterback's base salary goes from $4 million in 2015 to $18 million in 2016, with $28.55 million counting against the salary cap, twice as much as the upcoming season.