After resigning their Super Bowl XLVII MVP quarterback Joe Flacco to a six-year, $120.6 million contract on Monday, the Baltimore Ravens can now focus their attention to resigning their other free agents.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said that if they did not use the franchise tag on Flacco, they would not use it on another player. He stayed true to his word when the tag deadline came and went on March 4.
Comcast SportsNet.com posted a clip from ProFootball Talk on how the Flacco deal will affect other Ravens. It will give them flexibility now; the deal is cap friendly this year and next. The first year cap number is $6.8 million. Flacco’s contract gave them room to resign other players.
Ravens free agents include safety Ed Reed, linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger, cornerback Cary Williams and offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie.
Newsome and Ravens ‘capologist’ are likely crunching numbers this week to see how they can work their magic.
ESPN’s Jamison Hensley believes that Ellerbe should be the Ravens next priority:
“On paper, he doesn’t appear too important,” Hensley wrote. “He’s a former undrafted player who has 14 career starts. But, by the Super Bowl, Ellerbe was the Ravens’ best player on defense.”
Ellerbe stepped up when newly retired linebacker Ray Lewis was on the injured reserve last season and since linebacker Jameel McClain is currently on the injured reserve with a spinal contusion, Ellerbe will be needed to fill Lewis’ shoes.
I agree with Hensley. Ellerbe proved his worth while Lewis was out and he played well during the playoffs and Super Bowl. He’s an every-down player; the Ravens really need to keep him.