The Ravens say they are offering guard Ben Grubbs a lot of money. It doesn’t sound like that will be enough to prevent Grubbs from testing the free agent market.
“Ben is extremely highly regarded in this league. He’s in the prime of his career and may or may not have another opportunity to sign another significant contract,” Grubbs’ agent Pat Dye told the Baltimore Sun. “He needs to be sure that he explores all his options.”
That doesn’t sound like an agent eager to sign a deal quickly. Dye isn’t ruling out a new contract before free agency starts, but he also said a deal is not imminent despite Baltimore’s serious attempts to Grubbs.
Our general rule: Once it gets this close to free agency, it is very hard to get a player to sign a contract. Ahmad Brooks was an exception yesterday and there will be more. But guys like Grubbs have waited four years to see what they could earn. What’s two more weeks?