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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:10 pm    Post subject: Ravens 2014 Offseason Tracker Reply with quote

Unrestricted Free Agents

Dallas Clark: Retired
Terrence Cody: Re-signed to 1-year deal worth $730,000
Ed Dickson: Signed by the Carolina Panthers to a 1-year deal worth $795,000
Corey Graham: Signed by the Buffalo Bills to a 4-year deal worth $16 million
James Ihedigbo: Signed by the Detroit Lions to a 2-year deal worth $3.125 million
Arthur Jones: Signed by the Indianapolis Colts to a 5-year deal worth $33 million
Jacoby Jones: Re-signed to a 4-year deal worth $12 million
Jeromy Miles: Re-signed to a 1-year deal worth $795,000
Eugene Monroe: Re-signed to a 5-year deal worth $37.5 million
Michael Oher: Signed by the Tennessee Titans to a 4-year deal worth $20 million
Dennis Pitta: Re-signed to a 5-year deal worth $32 million
Bernard Scott
Daryl Smith: Re-signed to a 4-year deal worth $16.1 million
Brandon Stokley

Restricted Free Agents

Tandon Doss: Signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 2-year deal worth $1.505 million
Albert McClellan: Re-signed to a 2-year deal worth $2.2 million

Exclusive Rights Free Agents

Omar Brown: Signed tender worth $570,000
D.J. Bryant: Signed tender worth $420,000
Josh Bynes: Signed tender worth $570,000
Adrian Hamilton: Signed tender worth $420,000
Anthony Levine: Signed tender worth $495,000
Brynden Trawick: Signed tender worth $495,000

Released

Vonta Leach
Jameel McClain: Signed by the New York Giants to a 2-year deal worth $4.5 million
Matt Furstenburg
Cody Larsen
D.J. Bryant
Nick Stephens
Adrian Hamilton
Aaron Mellette

Signings

Steve Smith: Signed by the Baltimore Ravens to a 3-year deal worth $10.5 million
Darian Stewart: Signed by the Baltimore Ravens to a 1-year deal worth $1.3 million
Owen Daniels: Signed by the Baltimore Ravens to a 1-year deal worth $1 million
Justin Forsett: Signed by the Baltimore Ravens to a 1-year deal worth $730,000
LaQuan Williams: Signed by the Baltimore Ravens to a 1-year deal worth $570,000
Shaun Chapas: Signed by the Baltimore Ravens to a 1-year deal worth $570,000
Will Rackley: Signed by the Baltimore Ravens to a 1-year deal worth $570,000
Phillip Supernaw: Signed by the Baltimore Ravens to a 1-year deal worth $420,000

Trades

Jeremy Zuttah: Traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2015 5th round draft pick


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Unrestricted Free Agents

Billy Bajema - Likely gone. Depends what we do at the TE position, but may be a purple boomerang next season.
Dallas Clark - Likely gone.
Terrence Cody - Interesting question here. My guess is that we let him walk, especially if Pees is still the DC.
Ed Dickson - Don't think there is any way we keep him. Either he will have shown nothing or he will be two expensive as a #2 TE.
Tandon Doss - We'll see how he does the remainder of the year. If JJ walks, then I think we bring him back as a 4 or 5 and returner.
Corey Graham - Resign to a 1 or 2 year deal.
James Ihedigbo - I think he walks. We go with Huff/Elam/Draftee/Thompson
Arthur Jones - I think he gets a big deal to go elsewhere. Lewis-Moore fills in for him.
Jacoby Jones - I think he'll be too expensive.
Jeromy Miles (?) - No idea.
Michael Oher - This one is tough, I'm guessing he gets a good contract from a bad team.
Dennis Pitta - I think he's almost guaranteed to come back.
Daryl Smith - Please resign him.
Brandon Stokley - Likely gone.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My free agents listed by who I want the most

Dennis Pitta- we need him plain and simple I think the injury helps us sign him cheaper

Arthur Jones-every year he continues to improve and with him ngata Williams canty Moore spears we can continue a dominant dline

Michael Oher- Now that he established himself at RT I think he is coming into his own but at the same time RT is something we could find in the draft so idk if team friendly then yes

Daryl smith Graham and jacoby jones I would like but just don't see happening

Pitta-cheap deal replaces jones

Everyone else no
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we'll find a way to hold on to Oher. I don't expect he'll carry an incredibly high price tag as the Blind Side hype has blown over and he's mostly known now as a steady and unspectacular player. And I think we'll be replacing McKinnie after this season so we'll make Oher a priority so as not to have to be replacing both tackles in the same offseason.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Ravens 2014 Free Agents Reply with quote

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Unrestricted Free Agents
Billy Bajema
Dallas Clark
Terrence Cody
Ed Dickson
Tandon Doss
Corey Graham
James Ihedigbo
Arthur Jones
Jacoby Jones
Jeromy Miles (?)
Michael Oher
Dennis Pitta
Daryl Smith
Brandon Stokley


Obviously we tend to sign back all of our ERFA and RFA to deals and I don't think we'll see anything different in that department this year.

In terms of the UFAs. I think that's how it'll shake out. In terms of priority, I'd rank it as so:

1. Michael Oher-
Why Oher first? I don't think we bring McKinnie back. He's going to be 35 and already doesn't do his best at taking care of his body. And he's going to command $4m and we can save $3m if we cut him. So for the continuity of our line, we can't afford to not bring back at least one of the two... and Oher has been nice as a run blocker and improved as a pass blocker this year. As a solid to good RT, I'd expect Oher to make something in the Yanda range. Something around $6m/year. As an indicator from this past FA period, Jermon Bushrod made 7.2/year as a probowl alternate. So, I think Oher likely makes no more than $7m. The Ravens front office has also shown to be able to negotiate the numbers down a little for most non-stars. So I'd anticipate Oher getting something along the lines of a 5 yrs/$32.5m ($6.5m per) deal. We've already been reportedly negotiating with him, so I think that says a lot about the likelihood and seriousness of our commitment to resign him as our 1st priority.

2. Dennis Pitta-
As Flacco's safety blanket, he's got to be a priority. He likely would've been priced out of our capabilities had he played this season. But this injury should hamper his next contract as other NFL teams will likely shy away from him. Hard to say what he gets paid or even what a benchmark contract would be for his case. Perhaps Owen Daniels 4 yrs/$22m deal... as he is an injury prone guy that was forced to sign for under market value. Only Pitta hasn't had nearly as much production as Daniels to that point. So I think Daniels deal might still be on the higher side. I think a 4 yrs/20m deal with incentives might get it done.

3. Daryl Smith-
Smith has been a force for our defense. He's also a veteran presence inside. It'll be ideal for us to keep that type of presence. He'll be 32 next season and has a history of injuries. So he shouldn't be too expensive. He should get paid somewhere around what James Harrison is getting paid. Something around 2 yrs/6m

4. Billy Bajema-
He's a purple boomerange. He'll sign for veteran minimum and likely compete with a rookie backup and Matt Furstenburg for #2/#3 TE.

The rest:
Dallas Clark- On his last legs and with Pitta back, his role would be filled.

Terrence Cody- Already drafted his replacement. Cody can find a better starting opportunity elsewhere.

Ed Dickson- Was demoted to #2 TE under an old Dallas Clark, hasn't shown enough to be brought back.

Tandon Doss- Will Brown and Mellette, Doss is no longer the young and big receiver. If he's brought back it will be as a return specialist. Though with Draugn, Deonte Thompson, and Asa Jackson (along with whoever we add) our returner group will likely rise from cheaper options.

Corey Graham- He signed on to be a key special teammer and get more playing time. He's done that. While he looked really good last year when Webb went down, his play this season hasn't been inspiring. But he's still likely earned himself a quality deal elsewhere. We have Asa Jackson, Chykie Brown, and some other corners that can fill the void at nickel.

James Ihedigbo- Ihedigbo looks like he's taken on a more important role for this defense of late. If he continues his play, he'll be viewed around the league as a starter on a potentially top 10 NFL defense. He'll be priced out of depth status. That and we'll likely look to upgrade the spot in the draft, if we do, Ihedigbo becomes expendable. We'd still have Christian Thompson at SS.

Arthur Jones- I'm sure we'd like to retain Jones, but he's been too productive as of late and has the bloodlines (or whatever you call having a group of brothers that dominate their sport) that will likely make him sign to another team for big money.

Jacoby Jones- Has been a strong returner for us, but after last season of 'proving everyone wrong', Jacoby hasn't come into this offseason focused on football (he was Dancing with the Stars) and due to his teammate, he won't be able to prove his worth as a receiver. In fact, because of that, he likely will return as #4 WR on our depth chart as the team will have likely "figured out the offense" without him. I'm sure he'll still see plenty of snaps, but he's already proven to be replaceable (by an UDFA) and with a likely draft pick coming in, there just won't be enough room nor money to keep Jacoby around. Though he will always be remembered.

Jeromy Miles (?)- Roster filler, won't be back.

Brandon Stokley- Similar reasons to Dallas Clark and Jacoby Jones. For someone his age and of limited role, there just won't be the money nor opportunities to go around.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question on Doss. We drafted him the same season as Torrey if I remember correctly, making this his third season. Shouldn't he be a rfa? Or did we lose protection over his rights when we waived him?
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sp6488 wrote:
Question on Doss. We drafted him the same season as Torrey if I remember correctly, making this his third season. Shouldn't he be a rfa? Or did we lose protection over his rights when we waived him?


Yeah. He's on a veterans minimum (or the equivalent for a player who's only been the league as long as he has) deal right now.
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I wouldn't change a thing from DB's list/post, except for maybe Bajema cause I'd rather see the team look to the draft and give Furstenberg an opportunity.

Furthermore, you mentioned Christian Thompson being an option at safety, which I agree with as he's someone I'm pulling for, but since we would be freeing up so much cap space if the team lets all these players walk... how about signing Jairus Byrd?
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BareYourTeeth wrote:
I wouldn't change a thing from DB's list/post, except for maybe Bajema cause I'd rather see the team look to the draft and give Furstenberg an opportunity.

Furthermore, you mentioned Christian Thompson being an option at safety, which I agree with as he's someone I'm pulling for, but since we would be freeing up so much cap space if the team lets all these players walk... how about signing Jairus Byrd?


I'm actually thinking we may have even MORE cap space than anticipated in this scenario as I imagine we actually redo Suggs final year to extend him through the end of his career if he keeps this play up. I think his cap number is ~10m next season based on some back of the napkin math.
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http://russellstreetreport.com/salary-cap/2014-ravens-salary-cap/

Suggs' cap number for next year $12.4 million. $4.6 million of that is salary prorations so that's already sunk cost. That leaves $7.8 million in salary left to work with. Judging by some of their other deals to save cap space the Ravens like to start off a new contract/extension by giving a player a $1 million base salary in the first year. That's a $6.8 million savings in cap space, but that also doesn't include any other new salary prorations, roster bonuses, etc. that would or could come with a new deal so the total savings would be less than that.

Keep in mind that the Ravens are projected to have a bit over $118 million in Rule of 51 contract obligations for the 2014 season. That's just the players under contract and not counting any potential tenders. Two obvious cuts to save some money would be McKinnie and McClain (I believe cutting both would open up $6.2 million, at least before McKinnie's roster bonus is due) but other than that there isn't much. Add those to Suggs' potential extension which would most likely open up less than $6.8 million in cap space and the Ravens could be looking at somewhere in the range of being around $15 million under the cap for 2014 with some 40 (really close to it anyways) players under contract. I'm not expecting a big free agent move like Byrd or anybody else.
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coordinator0 wrote:
http://russellstreetreport.com/salary-cap/2014-ravens-salary-cap/

Suggs' cap number for next year $12.4 million. $4.6 million of that is salary prorations so that's already sunk cost. That leaves $7.8 million in salary left to work with. Judging by some of their other deals to save cap space the Ravens like to start off a new contract/extension by giving a player a $1 million base salary in the first year. That's a $6.8 million savings in cap space, but that also doesn't include any other new salary prorations, roster bonuses, etc. that would or could come with a new deal so the total savings would be less than that.

Keep in mind that the Ravens are projected to have a bit over $118 million in Rule of 51 contract obligations for the 2014 season. That's just the players under contract and not counting any potential tenders. Two obvious cuts to save some money would be McKinnie and McClain (I believe cutting both would open up $6.2 million, at least before McKinnie's roster bonus is due) but other than that there isn't much. Add those to Suggs' potential extension which would most likely open up less than $6.8 million in cap space and the Ravens could be looking at somewhere in the range of being around $15 million under the cap for 2014 with some 40 (really close to it anyways) players under contract. I'm not expecting a big free agent move like Byrd or anybody else.

Yeah, I'm not expecting anything big myself.

Along with the Suggs extension, I think it's also likely enough that we'll see an extension for Torrey Smith. He's such a leader and player for our team. Yet he's also under-the-radar enough for us to sign him back for a little less than what maybe he could be worth given a final year and a bunch of FA hounds wanting to spend money. Though an extension for him probably wouldn't free up all that much as... and could even increase how much we were looking to pay him in 2014. We could look to pay him early and get it out of the way or we could simply just keep enough cap as needed and roll over the rest for when Flacco's deal inevitably climbs. Because even though we'll likely revisit/restructure that deal... we'll still be paying him a pretty penny.
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Generally the Ravens don't extend their young players until their first contract runs out but I could definitely see them trying to lock up Smith early. It's hard to imagine them letting him go. Unless he has a huge season this year I doubt he's going to command a ton of money but Smith is still a big part of the offense.
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I see Pitta, Daryl Smith, Tandon Doss, and Billy Bajema back on this team. Something inside me thinks Oher cares more for money than staying on this team. I don't know why. I don't really like the idea of throwing top money at Oher.
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I think the team's stance with Oher depends on how they see Ricky Wagner developing over the course of the year. If he looks like he could play RT, by the end of the season, then I expect the Ravens to offer Oher a decent contract that will be bettered by someone else, and he walks.

McKinnie will be gone too, so that would just mean that it would be absolutely crucial to get a LT in the draft.

Pitta should be back, and hopefully they can find the money to offer Daryl Smith an extension. He's earned it already.

I agree with the consensus that Arthur Brown is likely to get bigger offers than the Ravens can match, and he'll be on his way.

As for the rest, I'm not too fussed what happens with them. Doss will probably stick around, Bajema might be brought back because Dickson surely won't be, and nor will Clark.
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If we're relying on Wagner, then we should most definitely keep Oher. Our blocking went WAY down once Oher went down. Wagner wasn't physical as a blocker nor was he quick enough to match speed.

Sure he's a quality depth guy that's not a turnstyle, but he's also not a starter. You either have physicality or you don't. If coming from a Wisconsin program known for producing physical and pro-ready blockers hasn't gotten him to that level... then I have very little hopes for Wagner becoming anything more than backup worthy, especially considering we don't exactly have the best OL coaches here to really get him going. But let's be honest, Wisconsin has some of the best OL coaches around- at any level, so this dude is pretty much maxed out.
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