Before heading into Super Bowl XLVII, three of the biggest names on the Baltimore Ravens had uncertain futures.
17-year veteran Ray Lewis announced that he’d retire at season’s end with a Super Bowl title or not, but speculation continues to swirl about Lewis possibly coming back regardless of all the talk of retirement.
Veteran safety Ed Reed has been another big-name on the Ravens roster that has been surrounded by speculation concerning his future. Reed will become a free agent in March and has been considering retirement or possibly signing with another team.
The New England Patriots appear to be the most interested team moving forward and may be able to pry Reed away from Baltimore with the veteran letting it be known that he’s a big fan of head coach Bill Belichick.
Perhaps the most important player for the Ravens heading into the off-season is quarterback Joe Flacco. With Flacco’s rookie contract expiring and no new contract extension agreed upon as of yet, Flacco will become an unrestricted free agent in March unless the team can get a deal done before hand.
With Flacco now available to the highest bidder, there’s been talk of the Delaware product potentially heading elsewhere in free agency, but the quarterback may have set a lot of Ravens fans at ease with the following statement via ESPN.com:
Flacco delivered quite an answer Sunday.
After the game, Flacco was asked where his future will be.
“I’m a Raven for life. That’s the way I see it,” said Flacco, was in Disney on Monday for the annual day-after-Super Bowl parade.
During the regular season, Flacco threw for 3,817 yards, 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions leading the Ravens to 10 wins and a second consecutive AFC North division title. Flacco played even better in the playoffs with no interceptions, 1,140 yards and 11 touchdowns.
With a Super Bowl MVP and title to his credit, Flacco will more than likely become one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league during the off-season possibly earning as much as $20 million a year with the Ravens.