As of now, the Baltimore Ravens are 28th in the NFL in total cap room going into the 2017 season. Per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Baltimore can more than double its current cap space with a few noteworthy cuts, including Lardarius Webb.
Elvis Dumervil, Shareece Wright, Jeremy Zuttah, Kyle Arrington, Kendrick Lewis, and Webb can all be cut to create $20.3 million in cap space, per Hensley.
Personally, I believe it would be beneficial for Baltimore’s 2017 roster to release each of those players, aside from Webb.
Wright descended through the depth chart as the year went on. Zuttah was the weakest link on the starting offensive line and was prone to penalties. Arrington and Lewis were afterthoughts from the horrendous 2015 secondary.
Dumervil has been a great Baltimore Raven when healthy and on the field. It would be tough to let go a player who is only one sack away from 100, but the Front Office must decide if it can rely on younger, less proven pass rushers going forward.
Webb is the one player on the list who I deem indispensable to the 2017 roster.
Webb and counterpart Eric Weddle started all 16 games side by side in 2016. Weddle is the ultimate team player and a great coach to have running a secondary. Being that it was Webb’s first year playing full time safety in the NFL, Weddle was an asset to Webb’s development.
Webb noticeably became more comfortable in his new position as the year went on, and Weddle played one of the best seasons of his fine career. The safety position was a strong point for the defense throughout the season. Why mess up a good situation between two veterans who have established chemistry, and can only get better?
Cutting Webb would be a mistake, and it would only cause more problems than solutions. Who would replace him? A first-round rookie? Baltimore has multiple holes on the roster already, self-inflicting themselves with another would be counter-productive.
As I stated in a past article, this secondary is one stud away from becoming elite. That’s with the services of Lardarius Webb.
Ravens’ Alex Collins Arrested
Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins was arrested early on Friday morning following a car crash about a mile from the Ravens’ team facility, according to a report from the Baltimore Sun.
Per the report: Officers responded to a report of a car that had crashed into a tree on the 10000 block of Dolfield Road at about 6:48 a.m. Friday morning, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said.
Collins, 24, was arrested, however charges were not made public at the time of this writing.
Ravens vice president of public relations Chad Steele told The Baltimore Sun that the team has spoken with law enforcement and is aware of the situation involving Collins.
Collins is coming off a down year with Baltimore after a breakout campaign in 2017. Collins managed only 411 yards rushing in 2018 and was placed on injured reserve back in December, ending his season early.
Ray Rice Says He Is Done With Football
Former NFL running back Ray Rice, who had been working to try and get a second chance in the NFL over the past couple of years, is no longer pursuing a comeback.
“I’ll be the first one to say it; I don’t have to retire to tell you I’m done with football” Rice said, during an interview on CBS This Morning.
“The pressure I was under of being a star, that was the person I hated the most.”
Rice was suspended indefinitely back in 2014 when a video surfaces showing Rice punching his then-fiancee, now wife, Janay Rice while the two were alone in an elevator.
Rice was never picked up by another team following the conclusion of his suspension, and his release from the Baltimore Ravens.
Rice said that he sees “similarities” between his situation and the one of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who was recently cut loose by the team when a video surfaced showing him pushing and kicking a woman in a hallway.
“Somewhere down the line everybody who’s sayin’, ‘Does he deserve a second chance for football?’ And this that and the other— I actually got my second chance” Rice said of Hunt, who cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
“During my darkest moments, and I used to ask myself, ‘How could she even be—want to support me?’ … That’s understandable. But I think what’s misunderstood about us is that the friends we were before the incident. That’s why, like I said, when I look at Kareem Hunt, I wanna know what his life was like. I want to know what happened in life. I know Kareem has apologized, and has expressed remorse for survivors of domestic violence.”
Ravens Trying To Entice Fans With Lower Concession Prices
The Baltimore Ravens are attempting to win back fans and their latest plan is making a big step toward doing just that as the team announced on Tuesday that they will reduce concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium in 2018.
The Ravens have been on a mission to bring back fans who were angered by some players’ national anthem protests coupled with their 3-year playoff drought.
A series of moves have demonstrated their efforts. The team invited fans to ask questions at a media pre-draft news conference held a question-and-answer session with fans at the team facility with owner Steve Bisciotti, coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, and also have had team president Dick Cass meet and talk to fan clubs.
While the team has sold out every game during their 20-year history at M&T Bank Stadium, empty seats grew in numbers as the 2017 season wore on, and the no-shows are very obvious.
The organization is taking this initiative very seriously.
“It’s something I would really like to take a hard look at, and at least, come up with select items that we can do,” Bisciotti said back in February of this year.
“If it means us … I can’t make Aramark do that with me, but I can make them go along as long as it’s my share of the profits that I’m waiving. Yeah, I’d like to take a look at that. I think we could probably do that.”
There is an official news conference scheduled for Thursday where the Ravens will officially announce price reductions on concessions.
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