The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with blogger Gordon McGuiness, who writes about the Ravens for Pro Football Focus and also contributes to Russell Street Report and the Purple Reign Show.
Just two days ago, the Ravens wrapped another successful draft, selecting a 10-player class that is being hailed as one of the weekend's best by many draft analysts. Next there are minicamps, offseason workouts and later a training camp to be conducted, and, eventually, games will be played. But who cares about all that? Let's look ahead to the 2014 NFL draft.
As we have seen for two years, Ravens fullback Vonta Leach is probably the best blocking fullback in the NFL, and he has the dented facemasks to prove it. But Kyle Juszczyk appears to be a better fit for the future as the Ravens continue to modernize their offense.
Instead of delivering touchdown passes, the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player handed out ice cream sundaes. Admittedly, Flacco did so with much less confidence than he normally displays in the Ravens' backfield.
The Ravens enter next week's draft with a total of 12 selections, including multiple picks in every round from the fourth to the seventh. As the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Ravens will have to wait until the 32nd overall pick Thursday before they are on the clock for the first time. However, DeCosta sees plenty of options and plenty of good players that figure to be available when the Ravens make their first pick.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with Chris Worthington, who blogs about the Ravens for the Baltimore Sports and Life blog.
As the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens try to work out a scheduling conflict that has put in jeopardy the NFL's hopes of opening up the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 5 at M&T Bank Stadium, the relationship between the two downtown neighbors has again come under scrutiny.
The most debated move the Baltimore Ravens made this offseason was the trade of wide receiver Anquan Boldin. How will they replace his production? Ravens coach John Harbaugh shed light on that Tuesday.
When they next take the field for the start of organized team activities, the Ravens will have a significantly different look from the group that beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, on Feb. 3 to capture the second world championship in franchise history.
While team officials have yet to comment on Pollard's release, it continues a trend of offseason activity that has the Ravens' roster — particularly on the defensive side — getting younger, thinner, quieter and in some cases, cheaper.
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.
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.
Besides attempting to retain unrestricted free agent inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and monitoring their other free agents, the Ravens have yet to assign tenders to their restricted free agent class of six players.
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.
As punter Sam Koch was about to kick to Ginn following a safety, Flacco was telling tight end Dennis Pitta and offensive linemen Marshal Yanda and Matt Birk that they shouldn't let Ginn run down the field. If anyone had followed Flacco's advice and run onto the field from the sideline, it would have been an illegal tackle and would have caused the 49ers to be awarde a touchdown.
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 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.
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 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.
As Sam Koch prepared to boot a free kick to San Francisco 49ers return Ted Ginn Jr., quarterback Joe Flacco encouraged his teammates to run onto the field and tackle Ginn if it looked like he was going to score.