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.
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 Ravens have had positive talks regarding starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and will continue to hold discussions regarding their second-ranked priority free agent behind Flacco, according to his agent. The Ravens met with Ellerbe's agent at the NFL scouting combine, but aren't expected to resume talks with him until later this week.
The NFL's annual pre-draft meat market wraps up Tuesday, but one of the players generating the most buzz at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis was former Dunbar star Tavon Austin. His 4.34 in the 40-yard dash Sunday validated the gigabytes of electrifying game tape the wide receiver compiled at West Virginia. Will he be there when the Ravens pick?
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.
Contract negotiations between the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco have yet to relaunch, but it's already becoming clear the kind of elite asking price that the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player hopes to command.
Inside linebacker Ray Lewis ran through the gamut of emotions after the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday night, but former teammate Trevor Pryce thought he displayed one major emotion during the game.
Quarterback Joe Flacco is getting the credit that he deserves for leading the Ravens throughout the playoffs and then to a victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. It will be interesting if Ravens coach John Harbaugh gets his.
The agent for Ravens free agent quarterback Joe Flacco expressed confidence that he'll resume contract negotiations with team vice president of football of administration Pat Moriarty in the near future.