espite trading receiver Anquan Boldin on Monday and then losing linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe on Tuesday, the Ravens still might have a shot at retaining safety Ed Reed and offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie.
The Baltimore Ravens made a tough business decision on Monday, dealing veteran wide receiver and playoff hero Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick after he wouldn't accept a pay cut.
Anquan Boldin was carrying a $7.531 million salary-cap figure and a $6 million base salary, subtracting his base salary from the Ravens' books and leaving $1.531 million there as dead money for the remaining proration of his contract.
Veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who burned the San Francisco 49ers for six catches, 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens 34-31 victory in Super Bowl XLVII, was traded to the 49ers today for a sixth-round draft pick.
It's epic, mythic, cosmic and exhilarating -- and the Baltimore Ravens get the full NFL Films treatment in "Baltimore Ravens: Super Bowl XLVII Champions," which goes on sale Tuesday. A purple carpet premiere was held Monday night at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric.
The Ravens have been fixtures on national television shows since winning Super Bowl XLVII a month ago. But when soft-handed tight ends are critiquing fashion on TV, you know it is starting to get out of hand.
The NFL offseason heats up on Tuesday when the free agency period begins and the NFL draft will take place next month. In anticipation of those events, blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will look at six key positions the Ravens might address in free agency and the NFL draft in the days leading up to the start of free agency. Today, he looks at wide receivers.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco received a $29 million signing bonus among other incentives in the deal he signed Monday. He also emerged as a partner of sorts with the Super Bowl champions, joining a small fraternity of quarterbacks whose performance and salary-cap figures are pivotal to the health of their respective franchises.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. Each week, Matt Vensel of The Baltimore Sun hopes to chat with one of them in a regular feature called Blogger on Blogger. This week, he exchanged emails with Gordon McGuinness, who writes about the Ravens for Pro Football Focus.
With a cap impact of $6.8 million for the 2013 fiscal year assigned to Flacco, the Ravens are $11.263 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $123 million. That should allow the Super Bowl champions to potentially retain some of Flacco's teammates, including inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe,wide receiver Anquan Boldin and a restricted free agent class that includes tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson and defensive linean Arthur Jones.
The Baltimore Ravens could soon make tough roster cuts to create more salary cap space. This is not an easy thing for the front office today in any year, but especially so after lifting the Lombardi Trophy just a few weeks ago. One of those cap casualties could be All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach, who is regarded by pundits and his peers as the NFL's best at his position.
A little more than two weeks before he hits the open market and is allowed to sign with another team, outside linebacker Paul Kruger's mindset remains the same as it was in the hours that followed the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. "There's no reason to want to go to anywhere else," he said.