Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown followed a similar team-friendly, pay-as-you-go approach to a six-year contract extension this week for quarterback Andy Dalton, which differs greatly from how the Ravens structured their blockbuster contract for Joe Flacco.
However, the reality is that the deals are vastly different and the original reports about Kaepernick's financial windfall are fairly misleading. Kaepernick's contract is extremely team-friendly and operates in more of a pay-as-you-go manner than the Ravens' structure for Flacco.
San Francisco signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a six-year, $110 million contract extension with a record $62 million guaranteed on Wednesday, which inevitably brought up comparison¿s to the contract signed last March by the quarterback who bested Kaepernick in Super Bowl XLVII ¿ the Ravens¿ Joe Flacco.
Anquan Boldin seemed hellbent this season to prove that the Ravens gave up on him too soon. And after he led the San Francisco 49ers with 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns, there is reason to believe the Ravens might have let him go too early.
In the months after the read-option took the NFL by storm, defensive coaches around the league became hell-bent on eradicating it, hoping to make the read-option go the way of the Wildcat and other near-extinct schemes.
Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel gives his take on the Baltimore Ravens' 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns, including thoughts on the Ravens' offensive identity, Terrell Suggs and their fierce pass rush, Marlon Brown's surprising start, and more.
For four years, Paul Kruger chased after Joe Flacco in practice, but the quarterback's bright red non-contact jersey was a reminder to hit the brakes if got a lane to the quarterback. He has always wondered what it would be like to hit Flacco. He'lll get a chance to find out Sunday when the Ravens host the Browns.
Like a lot of people in Baltimore, I watched San Francisco 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin play a great game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but I'm not sure he would be that effective with the Ravens this season.
The Ravens' front office has earned plenty of praise for their decisions during the draft but it is also in the minutes after the final pick has been made, a period that assistant general manager Eric DeCosta equated to a "feeding frenzy," where the organization has historically done some of its best work.
The Ravens have bolstered the talent and depth on their defensive line this offseason with the additions of Chris Canty and Marcus Spears and the selection of big nose tackle Brandon Williams in April's NFL draft. But with all that shuffling on the defensive line, what role will fourth-year defensive end Arthur Jones have?
Unless you are a football junkie, you probably don't know or don't care that the Kansas City Chiefs hired Chris Ault, the man who invented the Pistol offense and coached Colin Kaepernick at Nevada, to a consulting gig. But it might interest you that the Baltimore Ravens reportedly expressed interest in Ault.
Austin is quick to admit being a first-round pick probably wouldn't have been the case a few years ago, when NFL teams wouldn't have coveted a 5-foot-8, 174-pound receiver who did most of his damage out the slot, no matter how slippery he was in the open field.
You know how you wake up on Sunday morning and enjoy the challenge of trying to complete the crossword puzzle or the Sudoku in the newspaper? That's how NFL defensive coordinators and coaches like Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin when they wake up in the morning feel about the read-option offense, which puzzled many teams during the 2012 season.
Now that quarterback Joe Flacco is poised to become the highest paid player in the NFL by virtue of a $120.6 million contract, the Ravens aren't expected to use the franchise tag on any of their other unrestricted free agents.
The welcome prospect of having a top quarterback is juxtaposed by a challenge: trying not to lose several key players due to a tight salary cap situation that will be impacted by the expense that Flacco carries this year and going forward.