A month after beating the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl in New Orleans, the Ravens thanked the host city Wednesday by taking an ad out in The New Orleans Times-Picayune and donating a gift to the city.
That development dropped the exclusive franchise tag to $19.136 million, the average of the top five quarterback salary-cap numbers. That figure is derived from Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's $20.82 million salary-cap number ($12.5 million base salary) as well as New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning's $20.35 million ($13 million base salary), Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's $20 million ($20 million base salary), New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' $17.4 million ($9.75 million base salary) and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers' $17.11 million ($12 million base salary).
The Ravens unveiled plans today for a two-year, $35 million renovation project of M&T Bank Stadium, which will include additional high-definition video boards, improved concession stands and re-designed concourses.
Ravens officials said Thursday they won't extend an open invitation to fans without first passing out free tickets, after this week's Super Bowl rally at M&T Bank Stadium where larger-than-expected crowds amassed and an 11-year-old boy was trampled.
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.
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.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti doesn't go half-stepping when he puts on a party. The Ravens' postgame celebration for friends and family featured a live performance by Mary J. Blige, who invited Ray Lewis up to the stage to teach her his famous "squirrel dance."
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.