As several players filled the team’s locker room Sunday morning to clean out the remainder of their lockers, they fielded questions about their disappointment with the previous night’s results and their future with the franchise.
Some, like impending unrestricted free agent Michael Pierce, said they would be interested in returning to the Ravens but knew the business side of the NFL would ultimately decide their fate.
The Ravens will have a little under $35 million in cap space this offseason, according to Spotrac, but have 17 impending unrestricted free agents. Here is a look at which Ravens players may stay or leave in free agency, as well as possible retirements and cap casualties.
Exclusive free agents are free agents who reach the end of their contract with less than three years of service time in the NFL. If the player’s team offers him a one-year contract and the league minimum, they cannot negotiate with other teams.
G Randin Crecelius
RB Gus Edwards
G Parker Ehinger
S Fish Smithson
DB Brandon Carr
The Ravens can pick up Carr’s $4.5 million base salary and $1.5 million roster bonus in 2020 by March 18, or let him become a free agent. Carr has started 192 straight regular-season games over his 12-year career, the longest active streak among NFL defensive players.
G Marshal Yanda
Questions regarding Yanda’s retirement have surfaced since he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the 2017 season. Yanda returned, however, and has played at a Pro Bowl level in the past two seasons. The 35-year-old refused to answer questions about his future after Saturday night’s loss, saying he would address it at a later time.
The Ravens can save $7 million this offseason by releasing Jefferson. Jefferson, 27, signed a four-year, $34 million deal in 2017 but suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 5. The defense improved significantly under the direction of third-year safety Chuck Clark, who handled communication duties as a full-time starter. Clark, 24, is set to make $735,000 in 2020. Two weeks ago, Jefferson acknowledged on Instagram that he would likely be cut.