Originally posted by BrianGO:
Boldin said, paraphrasing, "Once a Raven, always a Raven. If I can't work out a deal with the Ravens, then I'll retire. I can't imagine playing anywhere else." So what happened? We offered him a little more money and now he's playing for us. I think he'll happily uproot himself to the highest bidder until he retires.
As for restructuring veterans deals.
I think its a bad idea. That is how you get into salary cap Hell. "Restructure" means that you pay more money later on, or you guarantee more money, or something along those lines. You win in the short term, but lose in the long run.
We are just fine. All we have to do is draft well and sign our core guys.
Well doesn't have to necessarily be a re-structure. I'm sure some guys would take a slight cut to make sure we get Iupati, Kap, Aldon extended and possibly bring back Boldin. I guess it depends on how the rest of the WR's do. If nobody steps up then we are more likely to re-sign Boldin. I think if he's going to play at this point in his career it's for a ring each year. If Ravens asked him back there is a chance he'd go back. If Broncos or Patriots wanted to sign him for a little more than we would offer it's a possibility. I'm not sure he wants to be on a bad team for more money though. He spent many bad years with the Cardinals so doubt he wants to go back to that. You could be right we could move on if others step up but I think we try to bring him back and if he is willing to give us a decent deal he will be back but that's just my opinion. Anyways, I have said in the past though going into that new stadium I expect a lot of new faces. You're right will have to continue to draft well because we could let a lot of our FA's go especially if they want too much. Expect a lot of younger guys... Haralson, Goodwin, Whitner and Rogers could all be gone. Who knows maybe Jennings gets beat out next year to save money. Boldin and Asomugha will be FA's and with those guys i just mentioned thats most of the 30+ year old guys on the team.
Side note: here are our FA's after this year: Could be saving money for 2014 FA and to get Iupati, Kap, Aldon, Culliver, Bruce Miller, possibly Hunter, etc signed.
Goodwin, Whitner, Brown, Manningham, Boldin, Dawson, Asomugha, McCoy, Brock, Haralson, Dixon, Williams, McBath, Moore, Dobbs, Cox, Hall, Tolzien,Tukuafu Wilhoite, Cam Johnson, Osgood, Morrah
Some of those guys might not make the squad this year so they won't be a concert. Some of those guys will be cheap if we want them back. I expect a good chunk of those guys to be gone. I don't expect a lot of outside signings as we save up. Probably less than this year. If Dawson, Asomugha, Boldin do well I could see them back for another 1-2 years if reasonable. I think we re-sign McCoy over Tolzien, doubt we do both. Daniels could become 3rd string guy. Brown depends on if he is willing to give us a good price and a reasonable amount of years or not. If he wants to get paid he's gone. As I already said doubt Manningham and Williams are both back. Probably 1 or none. Other than that nobody really worries me too much about resigning.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Jul 29, 2013 at 3:23 AM ]