With the Ravens season now having come to an end – and the sting starting to wear off – it’s time to take a look at what the 2011 Ravens will look like. With the league’s labor issues about to take front and center, it’s unclear what next season will look like, but they will – at some point – reach a deal and the Salary Cap will likely return in some fashion similar to what it looked like when it last applied in 2009.
So, with that in mind, a preview of the coming offseason and the work that the Ravens’ Front Office will need to do…….
The Ravens presently have the following 29 players under contract for 2011 (with 2011 base salaries):
QBs (1): Joe Flacco ($4.485M)
RBs (2): Willis McGahee ($6M), Ray Rice ($555K)
WRs (4): Anquan Boldin ($6M), Derrick Mason ($4.5M), David Reed ($405K), James Hardy ($480K)
TE (4): Todd Heap ($4.6M), Ed Dickson ($405K), Dennis Pitta ($405K), Davon Drew ($405K)
OL (4): Michael Oher ($630K), Matt Birk ($3M), Ben Grubbs ($795K), Ramon Harewood ($405K)
DL (6): Kelly Gregg ($3.5M), Cory Redding ($2.5M), Terrence Cody ($405K), Brandon McKinney ($1.4M), Paul Kruger ($480K), Arthur Jones ($405K)
LBs (5): Ray Lewis ($4.5M), Terrell Suggs ($3.4M), Jarret Johnson ($3.5M), Brendon Ayanbadejo ($775K), Jason Phillips ($480K)
CBs (2): Domonique Foxworth ($4.4M), Lardarius Webb ($480K)
S (1): Ed Reed ($6.5M)
Over the next week or so, the Ravens will likely re-sign most of their Practice Squad players (see list below) to 2011 contracts, which will add 6-7 players under contract. They may also sign some other players to Future Contracts.
Assuming that the old Salary Cap rules return in substantially similar fashion, these 29 players total a Salary Cap commitment of just over $94M (the last Salary Cap, in 2009, was $136M).
The following 8 players are Exclusive Rights Free Agents (EFAs):
LS – Morgan Cox
LB – Dannell Ellerbe
LB – Sergio Kindle
RB – Matt Lawrence
OT – Bryan Mattison
OC – Daniel Sanders
DT – Kelly Talavou
CB – Carey Williams
The Ravens can retain the rights to these players by tendering them with a contract of $330K, $405K or $480K, depending on the player’s length of service in the league.
The following 8 players are Restricted Free Agents (RFAs):
OL – Oniel Cousins (3rd)
DT – Lamar Divens (Undrafted – No Compensation)
LB – Tavares Gooden (3rd)
LB – Jameel McClain (Undrafted – No Compensation)
S – Haruki Nakamura (6th)
RB – Jalen Parmele (Undrafted – No Compensation)
WR – Marcus Smith (3rd)
S – Tom Zbikowski (3rd)
These are players whose contracts have expired and who have more than 3 years of league service time. The team must tender the player with an RFA offer. Once done, another team can sign the RFA to an RFA offer sheet, but the Ravens then have 7 days to match that offer sheet and retain the player under the terms of that offer sheet. If the Ravens were to choose not to match the offer sheet, then they would receive compensation based on which level of RFA tender was made to the player.
There are 4 RFA tenders:
High Tender: Allows the team to receive the other team’s 1st and 3rd round picks – $3,317,000
Middle Tender: allows the team to receive the other team’s 1st round – $2,611,000
2nd Round Tender– Allows the team to the other team’s 2nd round pick – $1,835,000
Low Tender: allows the team to receive a draft pick equal to the round in which the player was originally drafted (as noted above after each player’s name) – $1,200,000
In the past, the Ravens have usually tendered all of their RFAs, but on occasion, the team has offered some players veteran minimum contracts in lieu of the RFA tender.
The following 17 players are Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs) and – unless Franchised or re-signed – are allowed to sign with any team once the FA period begins (hopefully) in March:
QB – Marc Bulger
LB – Prescott Burgess
CB – Chris Carr
OG – Chris Chester
PK – Billy Cundiff
OT – Jared Gaither
LS – Kevin Houser
WR – TJ Houshmandzadeh
P- Sam Koch
S – Dawan Landry
RB – Le’Ron McClain
OT – Tony Moll
DT – Haloti Ngata
WR Donte Stallworth
CB – Fabian Washington
CB – Josh Wilson
OG – Marshall Yanda
The Ravens also have 7 Practice Squad players who are free to sign anywhere at this point:
OT – Brady Bond
QB – Hunter Cantwell
CB – Danny Gorrer
WR – Justin Harper
LB – Albert McClellan
OL – Andre Ramsey
RB – Curtis Steele
Here is a list of players who are under contract for 2011, but may (or may not) be on the bubble to return because of salary, performance or attitude issues or may retire.
|Name||Contract Expires After||2011 Base Salary||2011 Cap Number||Pre-June 1 Release Savings||2011 Dead Money||Post-June 1 Release Savings1||2011 Dead Money||2012 Dead Money|
The prior CBA allowed teams to designate two (2) pre-June 1 releases
for post-June 1 release treatment. Assuming this option returns in the
new CBA, teams can release the player prior to June 1, but must keep
that player on the books with the normal Salary Cap treatment (as if the
player is still on the roster) until June 1, when the team then
receives the Salary Cap savings as explained here. These numbers apply
to all true post-June 1 releases as well.
Lewis is due a $2M Option Bonus at the beginning of the 2011 league
year. The 2011 release numbers reflect that this bonus would not be paid
if he was released or retired.
3 Assumes a pre-June 1 release using one of the post-June 1 Exemptions, so the $2M Option Bonus would not have been paid.
4 These numbers reflect a release after June1, in which Lewis had already received the $2M Option Bonus.