Could Decker be on Deck?
The deal is a relatively rich one for this time of year, when available free agents who don’t factor into the compensatory pick formula, are obtained at bargain basement prices.
NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo reported the following via Twitter.
Source says $6m in year one, which is very strong. Not a lot of funny money. Ravens made it clear they wanted him. https://t.co/Y6cE561MmJ
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 13, 2017
Drawing from his vast experience in Ravens player contracts, RSR’s Brian McFarland speculates on the structure of Maclin’s new deal.
Guessing: 6M in 1st yr = something like a $5M bonus & $1M base, so a ’17 Cap # ~$3.5M. Deal likely includes a $1M ’18 option & base of $4M https://t.co/J3kFY3rSCx
— Brian McFarland (@RavensSalaryCap) June 13, 2017
Maclin’s new contract will certainly make the Ravens relatively tight cap situation even more restricted around the waist. It also leaves one wondering about the validity of the reports that the Ravens remain in the running for the services of wide receiver Eric Decker, who was recently released by the New York Jets.
How could the Ravens afford to pay Decker?
Just because Baltimore landed Jeremy Maclin doesn’t mean it won’t also make play for Jets WR Eric Decker. Ravens in running there, too.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 12, 2017
Team insiders are hearing conflicting stories and that might stem from some mixed emotions within the confines of team headquarters in Owings Mills. Some are rumored to be happy with what the Ravens now have, now that Maclin has been added. Others are said to want to go “balls to the wall”.
There are many things that the team’s capologist Pat Moriarty can do to get creative if the Ravens really want to make a run at Decker. Doing so is likely to put a lid on Campanaro’s career as a member of the Ravens and it would clearly take snaps away from Moore.
Let’s just hope that whatever they do, the Ravens leave a little coin in their bank account for a right tackle.
The new toys won’t work if Joe Flacco is on his back.