With the Baltimore Ravens officially Super Bowl champions, the off-season begins for Joe Flacco and company with many different questions needing to be answered about the return of a few of the team’s best players on both sides of the football.
There’s seems to be no question at this point in time that two-time Defensive Player of the Year Ray Lewis has played his last game in the NFL. The superstar linebacker appears content walking away from the game against 17 seasons and two Super Bowl titles to his credit, but the same can’t be said for fellow teammates Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin.
Reed is set to become a free agent in March with talk of the perennial Pro Bowler potentially signing with the New England Patriots. As for Boldin, there’s been talk of the Ravens potentially releasing the veteran wide receiver according to Tom Carpenter of ESPN.com:
“With Baltimore projected to be over the salary cap, the Ravens will consider releasing wide receiver Anquan Boldin to free up $5.5 million in salary-cap space, according to league sources,” Schefter said Sunday. “The Ravens also could free up another $3.5 million of cap space they will need by cutting wide receiver Jacoby Jones. So two Ravens wide receivers playing Sunday might be playing their last game with the team.”
The number one priority for the Ravens’ front office during the off-season is locking up Flacco to a lucrative long-term deal. The new contract for Flacco will likely make the Super Bowl MVP one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league leaving the team to make some tough decisions with Boldin possibly a victim of the large contract.
Although not the receiver he once was with the Arizona Cardinals, Boldin continues to play an important role on the Ravens.
Boldin led the team in receptions in the Super Bowl with six catches for 104 yards and a touchdowns.