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Street Talk Ravens Not Yet Out of Playoff Contention

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The Baltimore Ravens host the Jacksonville Jaguars this week and they are listed as a 5 ½ – 6-point favorites according to some free handicapping selections. A win moves the Ravens to (3-6) with upcoming games against the Rams, Browns and Dolphins.

The toughest challenge in that sequence is the Rams game here in Baltimore. A win against the feisty Jeff Fisher squad, could pave the way to a (6-6) mark. If that happens, and it’s a big if, the Ravens would be smack in the middle of playoff discussions. Given the extremely weak AFC, a (9-7) team or possibly a (8-8) team could play in January.

The Ravens brought in former Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor for consideration in position coach Clarence Brooks’ rotation. Naturally a former first-round pick as a cheap pick up should spark interest but the 21st overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and Clinton, Maryland native has missed 20 of 64 games and his knees are said to be fairly unreliable – not exactly what you’d like to see in the trenches.

But how good can Taylor possibly be given that the Browns were willing to eat $5.5M just to part ways with the behemoth defender who once frustrated running backs. Or is that the other way around? Remember the alleged spitting incident between Taylor and Ray Rice?

Who would’ve thought after this incident that took place in 2013 that two accomplished players would be unemployed two seasons later?

The Dennis Pitta situation is clearly a sad one. This season the Ravens had no financial incentive to part ways with the tight end, even if they had the collective heart of the pre-epiphany Grinch Who Stole Christmas. There was no material gain that would positively affect the team’s cap. Pitta was set to earn his $5.5M in 2015 regardless of any roster move. 2016 is altogether different.

For now both sides are in agreement that more time off is needed. At least that’s what they’re dishing publicly. But if Pitta continues to pursue a comeback and the Ravens are still not comfortable with the medical prognosis, sadly the Ravens are likely to cut Pitta before the start of the new league year in March, 2016.

A renegotiation of the current deal is possible but with 3 young, promising AND inexpensive (for now) tight ends already on the roster and other salary cap challenges ahead, the Ravens will regrettably move on from Pitta, a clear fan favorite.

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