It remains to be seen if Gerald McCoy will be a Raven in 2019. If rumors are true that McCoy is seeking a 1-year, prove it deal to pave the way to a lucrative long-term contract in 2020, the Ravens might not have the salary cap firepower to compete with the likes of the Cleveland Browns.
But you can’t help but be impressed by the full-court press the organization put on McCoy to convince him that Baltimore is the place he ought to be.
Every year, players of McCoy’s ilk, somehow turn up in free agency. In the case of McCoy, maybe the Tampa Bucs tried to get him to take a pay cut; when he refused they tested the trade market. But teams, sensing that shedding McCoy was more a salary dump than anything else, were smart to wait it out. Wait it out until signing such a player doesn’t impact the compensatory pick equation.
And these are the type of moves that Ravens GM Eric DeCosta wants to be prepared for moving forward – a difference maker on the field who can improve the team and the players around him.
The guess here is that the Ravens are trying to persuade McCoy to accept a 3-year deal today.
According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, who is pretty connected these days, clearly more than the guy CBS employees, shared the following:
After the #Ravens visited with Gerald McCoy, my understanding is the free agent defensive tackle is headed home to see his family. After catching up with some folks, the visit was described to me as “A+++.” We’ll see what that means when it’s pen to paper time though.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) May 29, 2019
The Ravens portray themselves as an organization that embraces families. And with incredibly capable men leading the team, all things being equal, they WILL get their guy. But first, the Ravens need to level the playing field, and that means improving their cap position – a goal that sits at the top of DeCosta’s to-do list.
And when that’s done, combined with an influx of young talent, the Ravens will be perennial contenders for the AFC North crown.
That day is coming.
But to get there the Ravens can’t overextend for a coveted player today.
Maybe one day they can and will.
But until then, respect the process.
Right player, right price remains alive.