With Flacco now the highest paid player in the NFL, the Ravens need to fill in the pieces around him. Next up on the priority list is Ellerbe, who could command significant dollars on the open market, but has expressed his desire to stay in Baltimore. Meanwhile, the Ravens are trying to negotiate a pay cut for Boldin. If unsuccessful, the Ravens would release Boldin, who has already stated his intent to retire if that does happen. The bigger implication is the loss of a “go to” receiver for the Ravens, that is not easily filled. Other free agent news has Cary Williams on the market, Ed Reed still in limbo, and Paul Kruger heading for the exit. Restricted free agents Pitta, Dickson, and Art Jones have been tendered contracts, but if the Ravens want to keep Ellerbe, they will have to do more acrobatics, which may include the release of Vonta Leach, and/or restructuring contracts of big names, like Ngata, Suggs, and Yanda. That is fine and dandy for 2013, but only amplifies future salary cap problems (see the stealers for a prime example).
On Monday, Joe Flacco will sign a long term deal with the Ravens that will make him the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, but if the deal doesn’t include Bryant McKinnie, we won’t get our money’s worth. It was the addition of McKinnie to the O-line at the start of the playoffs that finally gave Joe the time to throw and be the elite quarterback, albeit for 4 games, that he claims he is. Traditionally, the year after a huge contract signing (6 years, $120.6M) is a huge let down. Retiring Ray Lewis and Matt Birk freed up $6M in cap space, but more must be freed to keep us a contender. If Flacco was under a microscope before (Remember, I keep calling him “Average Joe Flacco”), the next several seasons will amplify the magnification on him, as he now tasked with proving he is worth of every dollar now being paid to him.
Bob and Wendy Caldwell will be doing the 18th annual March for the Animals, the Maryland SPCA’s largest annual fundraiser. They are looking for Roost members to join in the fun and do the walk with them. Those interested to contact Bob at mr.bobcaldwell1[at]hotmail.com. Walkers can bring their dogs, and although cat owners walk the event, it is usually without their pets.
If there is enough interest from the Roost, Bob would like to form a Ravens Roost pack, and have ‘Ravens Roost 4′ appear on our event t-shirts.
Hey Roost #4 members!
Just a reminder … we have a Roost meeting TONIGHT! (Monday, February 25th), 7pm up at Jilly’s!
This is our last meeting before our March 23rd bull roast … so please turn-in your collected monies, ticket stubs, and unsold tickets to Kim Colhouer at this meeting!
Also, we’re asking members to bring a bottle of booze to the meeting to serve as a donation to our Plush Wheel.
We’ll be looking for volunteers to sign-up at the meeting to assist with shifts on the wheels and selling raffle tickets at the bull roast.
Thank you in advance for your help!
Well, with Joe Flacco’s head swelled larger than the Good Year Blimp, things are going to be tough next season. The kind of money Joe is asking (over $20M/year, to make him the highest paid QB in the NFL), will put us further into Salary cap hell. Ravens really can’t negotiate with other free agents until Joe is settled, which is supposed to start taking place this weekend. Options are to use the restricted Franchise tag (worth about $14.6M, but other teams could make him an offer, and we would have to match), use the unrestricted franchise tag (worth just over $20M), or sign him to a long term deal. Obviously, the latter is preferred, and I would recommend giving him a ridiculously long contract (8 or 10 years), with a base of $17M this year, which goes up $1M or $2M per year, and tag on a big signing bonus. That would give us wiggle room in the future. There are other complications that can arise, like Flacco protesting the Franchise tag, and having to cut several key players to make salary cap space, but first things first, we need to make “average” Joe, well above average.
Hey Roost #4 members!
Just an early reminder that we have a Roost meeting this coming Monday, February 25th, 7pm up at Jilly’s!
Why the early reminder? A few of us are leaving Thursday morning for a weekend up at Deep Creek Lake and to participate in the Maryland State Police Deep Creek Dunk! Frosty, Mitch, and Dan Collins will be taking the Dunk Saturday at 2pm! Thank you to all of our members and friends who have already made donations in our names to Special Olympics Maryland! If you haven’t donated it’s not to late to do so … follow this link – Donate to Team CRRUDE – and click on one of our names to make a donation to Frosty, Mitch, or Dan.
This is our last meeting before ourt March 23rd bull roast … so please turn-in your collected monies, ticket stubs, and unsold tickets to Kim Colhouer at this meeting! Also, we’re asking members to bring a bottle of booze to the meeting to serve as a donation to our Plush Wheel. We’ll be looking for volunteers to sign-up at the meeting to assist with shifts on the wheels and selling raffle tickets at the bull roast. Thank you in advance for your help!
Roost 4 members Kel & Scott Habicht, Kim & Dennis Colhouer, & Skeeter & Mitch Hooper at the Mother’s Pajama Brunch … Sunday, February 17th! You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning!
Hey Roost #4 Members & Friends!
Ravens are the World Champions! … and no more football for months. What do you do with your weekends now!?
Here are a few ideas …
Saturday, February 16th – Maryland Terrapins host Duke Blue Devils at 6pm. Why not head-up to Jilly’s and watch the game!?
Saturday, February 16th – former Roost #4 member, Tom McCabe, and his classic rock-and-roll band, Against the Grain, are playing at 8pm at Buffalo Wings & Beer in Glen Burnie (Burwood Village Shopping Center at 7089 C Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard … 410-760-BEER). Why not head-out and enjoy a set or two with Tom & the band!?
Sunday, February 17th – Mother’s of Federal Hill is hosting their Pajama Brunch … wear your PJs and get 50% off your entire check! Sweatpants don’t qualify for the discount – you MUST wear PJs! Note that the Hoopers get there at 8am … why not c’mon out and join them! You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning!
Have a great weekend!
Post by: Scott Habicht
Last Saturday was another fun day for Ravens Roost #4 with many members coming out to Jilly’s for a sports trivia challenge. A good time was had by all while raising money for The Special Olympics.
I can finally say it! Team of Destiny. 4th and 29: That was the first sign. 70 yard TD to Jacoby Jones with 30 second left in Denver to send the game to overtime: That was the 2nd sign. But now, with the game on the line, the defense kept Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers out of the end zone, and the moniker is official. Team of Destiny. Only 1 team in the playoffs was an underdog, and won. The Ravens did it. Not once. Not twice. But three times they were underdogs, and came out victorious. And if you thought winning the title was remarkable, then came the victory parade! Un-bliev-able hon!
Now, bask in the glory that comes with drafting 32nd in the league, because all hell is about to break loose. It’s what we in the business call “Salary cap hell.” Flacco’s agent is demanding that Joe be paid the highest of any quarterback in the NFL. Joe put all his eggs in one basket, hoping for a big payday at the end of the season, and he is probably going to get it. But at what cost? Joe made $8M in 2012. A Restricted Franchise tag would earn him $14.6M, and an unrestricted franchise tag will earn him almost $20M. Peyton Manning only gets $18M (not including his commercials). With a salary cap of $120+M, Joe figures to make 1/6th of the entire payroll, which doesn’t leave much room for the other 52 guys, and that pinch is going to come soon as key players are going to be cut, or let walk in the coming weeks. Outside analyst put Boldin and Jones as potential candidates to be released from their contracts. Ed Reed is a free agent already rumored to be going to NE, and, the Ravens figure to only be able to keep Kruger, Ellerbe, or Williams on defense. I tried to figure out what will happen, and I got a headache. This is why Ozzie gets paid the big bucks. This is why Ozzie has headaches. This is why our GM is collectively referred to as the Wizard of Oz. Ozzie, go work your magic, because now that we have tasted that sweet success, we want more.