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Ravens will soon face tough decision on Anquan Boldin

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Baltimore wide receiver Anquan Boldin has been a playoff difference maker, catching 16 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns through three postseason wins. But Sunday’s Super Bowl may be his last game in a Ravens uniform due to Baltimore’s forthcoming salary cap issues.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter stated on NFL Live Thursday that the Ravens currently project to be $5 million over the 2013 salary cap. And that’s before they address quarterback Joe Flacco’s contract situation, which at the very least will involve applying a $14.6 million franchise tag. At that point, Baltimore would soar to nearly $20 million over the cap.

The Ravens will soon face some difficult decisions, one being the future of Boldin. Releasing Boldin would free up $5.5 million in cap space, and Schefter said it “very well” may happen.

Cutting fellow receiver Jacoby Jones would create another $3.5 million in cap room.

Schefter also stated that Baltimore’s cap woes could cost the franchise an opportunity to re-sign impending free agent linebacker Paul Kruger. Kruger has been the Ravens’ best pass rusher this season. If Kruger hit the market, he’d be the top available “rush linebacker” in 2013 free agency.

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  1. DubZ480 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:00 PM

    Sounds like it is win or bust for the Ravens this year!

  2. schmitty2 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:04 PM

    So they cut Boldin and Jones. They are left with Torrey Smith and………??

  3. tmhofficial says: Jan 31, 2013 5:04 PM

    How is that possible?

    Before Flacco, and with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed off the books, they’re STILL $5 mil over the cap?!

    I get that they paid Ray Rice, but who else are they paying that much to? Suggs, Ngata, and who else? Seems to me like they’ve got money in some unfortunate contracts, without looking specifically.

  4. ravenscaps48 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:07 PM

    Win then rebuild. Ngata, Suggs, andYanda can restructure their deals and save some money. Give Flacco a hefty signing bonus with a backloaded salary. Ozzie, Dick, and DeCosta can make it work. GEAUX RAVENS!!!

  5. baltomoron says: Jan 31, 2013 5:10 PM

    Just keep

  6. celly84 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:11 PM

    Torrey Smith and…………………..

    …………. whoever it is they decide to draft in the first round.

  7. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 31, 2013 5:11 PM

    Wait a minute ravenator assured us Steeler fans we should be embarrassed by our cap problems and he kept this from us…I guess lying is a sport in Baltimore …

  8. jeffml says: Jan 31, 2013 5:13 PM

    Ye of little faith. Let the haters keep hating. In Ozzie We Trust. Just wait and see.

  9. Lev says: Jan 31, 2013 5:13 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jan 31, 2013 5:11 PM
    Wait a minute ravenator assured us Steeler fans we should be embarrassed by our cap problems and he kept this from us…I guess lying is a sport in Baltimore …

    SICK BURN!!!

  10. kingdm8 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:14 PM

    We would welcome Q back to the Cards with open arms. He’s one the most popular Arizona Cardinals ever.

  11. britishraven says: Jan 31, 2013 5:15 PM

    I’m pretty sure this doesn’t include the saving from Lewis’ retirement and it’s likely that Matt Birk will retire as well. Bobbie Williams will not be resigned and Jacoby Jones will have to take a pay cut of some description.

    Still, there’s no way we can afford to resign Reed and all of the FA’s we have (Pitta and Dickson are RFA’s thankfully)

  12. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 31, 2013 5:16 PM

    ravenscaps48 says:
    Jan 31, 2013 5:07 PM
    Win then rebuild. Ngata, Suggs, andYanda can restructure their deals and save some money. Give Flacco a hefty signing bonus with a backloaded salary. Ozzie, Dick, and DeCosta can make it work. GEAUX RAVENS!!!

    0 0 hey Ravenator this is the Steeler way…bet it makes you want to throw up….lmfao

  13. hoops737 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:17 PM

    If they don’t re-sign Boldin and Jones it won’t be a big deal right? Because elite QBs like Flacco can throw to anyone and be successful right?

    Let’s see Joe without his best WR next year and see what the kid’s made of…probably not much

  14. mikebrownfaux says: Jan 31, 2013 5:17 PM

    The changing of the AFC North tide is becoming more and more apparent every year.. Even with the Ravens making it to the SB this year..

  15. pillowporkers says: Jan 31, 2013 5:18 PM

    Please Vikings, go get Boldin. He’s the perfect guy for the job. Not Mike Wallace, not Dwayne Bowe, not Greg Jennings. All WAY too much money for a run first team. We just need a guy that has strong hand and can make a play on 3rd down other than Kyle Rudolph. I’ve been dreaming for the past month that Boldin would get cut from the Ravens and come to Minny!

  16. oneandonlyramsfaninpa says: Jan 31, 2013 5:22 PM

    So you’re saying the Ravens won’t be in the playoffs next year?

  17. justintuckrule says: Jan 31, 2013 5:23 PM

    For anyone that says “haters keep hatin'” or anything of the sort, I wish your favorite team 25 straight years of no playoff appearances. Same thing with “stay classy” and “_____ is flabbergasted”.

  18. thatswhatsgooood says: Jan 31, 2013 5:24 PM

    Boldin isn’t going anywhere. He will finish his career in a Raven’s uniform.

  19. azarkhan says: Jan 31, 2013 5:30 PM

    This is why it’s silly to compare today’s great teams to great teams of the past. Of course the 1980’s 49ers were great, but they never had to deal with a salary cap and free agency (then very restricted) only began in 1989.

  20. southpaw2k says: Jan 31, 2013 5:31 PM

    @ tmhofficial

    Webb and Yanda are both inked to big money, long term deals as well. However, I do agree with your big question in that I’m very surprised that with Lewis and (likely) Reed coming off the books next year, the Ravens are still projected to be significantly over the cap limit. Plus with Kruger and/or Ellerbee also likely leaving as free agents, I Don’t know of any other major examples of where the money is going.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 31, 2013 5:32 PM

    Maybe now the Raven trolls can appreciate what the Steelers have done for so long…your 8-8 seasons are not far away…enjoy this year and pray you win the Super Bowl …if not the slope becomes covered with grease…good luck

  22. aaronp2098 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:36 PM

    They will keep Boldin at least 1 more year. I think they also fit either Ellerbe or Kruger but not both. Could definitely see one of these teams that are switching to the 3-4 overpaying for him though, another A. Thomas type situation. I do think Kruger will find it quite a bit tougher when you don’t have a T. Suggs on the other side.

  23. oxfordblue06 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:51 PM

    @Nofoolnodrool – what the Steelers have done for so long? Do you mean being inconsistent? Like having two good years followed by an atrocious year? Yeah, the Harbough/Flacco Raven’s dont know anything about that. Check back in when you make the playoffs.

  24. denverwally says: Jan 31, 2013 5:52 PM

    They won’t have to worry about keeping Ed Reed, he is already in a New England state of mind. He can go ahead and pull Boldin into the cab with him, they can share the ride to the airport.

  25. dirtdawg54 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:52 PM

    Where does your cap go? Try Suggs at $13 million, Ngata at over $11, Yanda is a $7 mill hit, Rice is just under $6 mill, Webb is over $5, Leach is over $4 as is Oher and McClain, Pollard is another $3 mill and don’t forget $1.8 mill in dead money for Cundiff. It all starts to add up in a hurry.

    Pitta, Dickson and others are RFAs and will be costlier than they were this year, even at minimum tenders. And Flacco will be a big hit. It won’t be easy to squeeze them all in.

  26. fanz928 says: Jan 31, 2013 5:54 PM

    Let flacco go and sign Alex smith and keep this guy and reed

  27. geemoney713 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:02 PM

    denverwally says:
    Jan 31, 2013 5:52 PM
    They won’t have to worry about keeping Ed Reed, he is already in a New England state of mind. He can go ahead and pull Boldin into the cab with him, they can share the ride to the airport.
    _______________________________

    You mean Ed Reed is already in a New England state of mind like, he’s going to lose in the Superbowl and hasn’t won since the early 2000s?

  28. timebandit24 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:03 PM

    At least it’s not the cap hell cowboy fan endure every 2 years

  29. oxfordblue06 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:03 PM

    Y’all forgetting that the Ravens have the best GM in football. Ozzie will work it out.

  30. flaccodelic says: Jan 31, 2013 6:06 PM

    Nofoolnodrool said:
    Maybe now the Raven trolls can appreciate what the Steelers have done for so long…your 8-8 seasons are not far away…enjoy this year and pray you win the Super Bowl …if not the slope becomes covered with grease…good luck

    —-
    Seriously? The definition of a message board troll is someone who posts 3+ angry comments on one article. Ravenator is really in your head isn’t he?

  31. Deb says: Jan 31, 2013 6:08 PM

    So that guy ravenator has been permanently parked on Steelers’ threads all season blah-blah-blahing about our salary-cap issues for coming season … and the Ravens are in the same boat? Well, that’s rich LOL

    I’m sure both Ozzie and Colbert/Khan will work things out in the best interest of both teams just as they’ve done for years. Re Boldin … as a Steelers fan, I’d like to see him go ;)

  32. stairwayto7 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:08 PM

    With the 5th pick of the 2014 NFL draft the 5-11 Ravens select….

  33. liddogg33 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:09 PM

    Seattle will scoop up Krueger or Boldin. Ravens are gonna have to choose one or the other

  34. Mr. Jones says: Jan 31, 2013 6:15 PM

    Ray Lewis and Ed Reed leaving should be enough to get the under right?

  35. scoobies05 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:22 PM

    i think nofoolnodrool is really a ravens fan. there is no way any could post about a team that much and not be a fan. go ravens

  36. psuravens19 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:26 PM

    Ravens actually have some good, young talented WR on the roster that don’t see the field. Doss, Deonte Thompson and LaQuan Williams to name a few.

  37. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 31, 2013 6:42 PM

    oxfordblue06 | Jan 31, 2013, 5:51 PM EST
    @Nofoolnodrool – what the Steelers have done for so long? Do you mean being inconsistent? Like having two good years followed by an atrocious year? Yeah, the Harbough/Flacco Raven’s dont know anything about that. Check back in when you make the playoffs.
    I checked back and post when you win a Super Bowl little fella.
    I also enjoy Raven fans being annoyed by my frequent posting on your supposed sacrosanct thread your fan boy is on every steeler thread but that’s ok… Now you understand why raven fans are laughed at and discounted…it’s their way or the highway… Logic and Raven fans don’t mix…but hey good luck Sunday

  38. itsfootballbaby says: Jan 31, 2013 6:43 PM

    Kruger is gone. He’s not worth what another team will pay him. His numbers without Suggs are atrocious and Ozzie knows it. Jacoby will be cut and resign at lower $. He’s a great return guy but receiver…not so much. Q might take a pay cut since he likes Flacco and being his main target. in the end they’ll be fine.

  39. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 31, 2013 6:46 PM

    scoobies05 | Jan 31, 2013, 6:22 PM EST
    i think nofoolnodrool is really a ravens fan. there is no way any could post about a team that much and not be a fan. go ravens

    There is no way you could say that and not be related to Ravenator …as I have said before I am trying to help a depraved city see the light…damn hard job

  40. steelerfaninmd says: Jan 31, 2013 6:47 PM

    @oxford – you mean the 3 SB appearances and 2 wins in 7 years? Check back when the Ravens do the same.

  41. scoobies05 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:52 PM

    if its that bad of a place then why do so many folks from pitt move here. as far as ravenator goes i have never met him but i know we will bothe be celebrating on sunday nite. go ravens

  42. bobonmycob says: Jan 31, 2013 7:01 PM

    oxfordblue06 says:Jan 31, 2013 6:03 PM

    Y’all forgetting that the Ravens have the best GM in football. Ozzie will work it out.

    Yeah… LOL… If thats what helps you sleep at night.

  43. ppdoc13 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:03 PM

    Fact of the modern day NFL. But the ravens have had a strong five year playoff run. This is why the draft is so important esp the low rounds as is the ability to find good inexpensive FA’s like ellerbe, tucker etc. and the ability to pull off a trade for a guy like Q while only giving up second day picks.

    As far as mofoolmodrool, I am beginning to believe that this joker has has at least 2 handles on this board. And that makes him a troll

  44. ravenator says: Jan 31, 2013 7:04 PM

    Steeler fans are so cute. Such a fickle dim-witted group. Can you blame them though? It’s not the fans fault their team, put together by what’s perceived as a front office, posts an 8-8 record. What else is there to do when Baltimore is the only relevant AFC team. Troll on haters.

  45. steeltownpride87 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:09 PM

    Dont discount Kruger that much . Suggs is a great player . But if you put Kruger next to someone like Woodley ? I think he would still be ok . Or next to a Ryan Kerrigan ? Many teams that run a 3-4 could use his talent and he would still be effective .

  46. bigboysmash says: Jan 31, 2013 7:10 PM

    They will restructure ngata and suggs’s contract also matt burk will most likely reture or get cut since they have gradkowski to back him up. The real player they should resign is ellerbe. Kruger will be asking for allot of money and i dont blame him.
    They will also cut considine.

  47. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 31, 2013 7:14 PM

    ravenator | Jan 31, 2013, 7:04 PM EST
    Steeler fans are so cute. Such a fickle dim-witted group. Can you blame them though? It’s not the fans fault their team, put together by what’s perceived as a front office, posts an 8-8 record. What else is there to do when Baltimore is the only relevant AFC team. Troll on haters.
    With a room temperature IQ I doubt if you can find a light source to get out of moms basement..just have one handle dedicated to :
    No fools like Raven fans
    No droll like scoobie s and ravenator.
    On topic Sizzle is a riot, but a fool…and a hell of a baller…good luck Sunday sizzle.

  48. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 31, 2013 7:17 PM

    ppdoc13
    Glad you can count to two, but tell me who else gets to you Raven fan boys…for a raven troll to cite you by name is a complement…I am in your heads like the steelers..cheers and double yikes

  49. raiderapologist says: Jan 31, 2013 7:20 PM

    It’s not that hard to move 20M in cap money around, but if they don’t find a way to keep Boldin he will have a new job in five minutes.

  50. bobonmycob says: Jan 31, 2013 7:50 PM

    raiderapologist says:Jan 31, 2013 7:20 PM

    It’s not that hard to move 20M in cap money around, but if they don’t find a way to keep Boldin he will have a new job in five minutes.

    Yeah, unlike Rob Ryan.

  51. footballfan says: Jan 31, 2013 7:53 PM

    According to ravenator Baltimore is way under the salary cap. Someone needs to check their info.

  52. thetooloftools says: Jan 31, 2013 8:12 PM

    Wow.. Flacco could be the coolest dude of all time if he gave a really nice “hometown” discount because MAYBE HE LIKES WHERE HE IS AT AND MONEY DOESN’T REALLY MATTER” !
    tHE nfl UNOIN WILL force HIM INTO DECISIONS HE REALLY DOESN’T WANT TO MAKE.

  53. ravensnosncaps says: Jan 31, 2013 8:17 PM

    @Nofoolnodrool
    Why did you change your screen name on here?

  54. raven8282 says: Jan 31, 2013 8:27 PM

    On January 8th, John Clayton wrote an article saying the Ravens were 15.7 million under the cap BEFORE Ray retired. Worldwide leader can’t get their facts straight again

  55. jebbiesmallz says: Jan 31, 2013 8:45 PM

    Kruger is absolute garbage, why does the national media act like he’ll be some big free agent find? The Ravens will let him walk. He’s good for one thing only — getting sacks by blowing past inferior o-linemen. Colts playoff game was a prime example, but he vanished as soon as he played against superior o-lines in the form of the Broncos and Pats. The regular season was the same way, he padded his stats by flopping on QBs who were beaten by somebody else or by beating bad o-linemen.

    Boldin leaving, now that’s a different story and cause for sadness…

  56. clssylssy says: Jan 31, 2013 9:04 PM

    Boldin couldn’t get out of Arizona fast enough because the Cards didn’t value his services and going through door #2 into the Ravens organization got him another shot at the SB. If the Ravens have caught Bidwill fever then perhaps Q should get his buddy Larry Fitz to team up again as the dynamic duo with maybe GB or Minnesota or San Diego!

  57. gbsfinest420 says: Jan 31, 2013 9:18 PM

    Well its going to be tough resigning anyone with Joe Flacco wanting more money than Peyton Manning…. Ive heard his camps wants at least $18 mil a year… Hes a good qb but that seems a bit too much

  58. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jan 31, 2013 9:22 PM

    Boldin is getting old. He’ll probably just take a pay cut so he can retire a Raven. He wouldn’t get a big contract anywhere else anyway.

  59. leksington says: Jan 31, 2013 9:34 PM

    FYI, shefter has his facts wrong. The Ravens are currently $12M under the 2013 projected cap.

  60. ahostiletakeover says: Jan 31, 2013 9:36 PM

    Consider that Ray Lewis is off the books when he retires, Ed Reed will be a free agent and Matt Birk very likely could retire as well. The only players that the Ravens currently have big chunks of money invested in are Ngata, Suggs, Webb, Rice, and Yanda. I’m pretty sure that they will be ok.

    As far as Boldin is concerned, I’d be willing to bet that this postseason has sealed a restructuring/extension on the final year of his contract, much like Heap did a few years back for the Ravens before they released him. Boldin exemplifies the type of receiver Newsome has wanted for years, he even admitted to making a huge mistake in passing on Boldin when he was drafted after he traded for the guy. I’m sure Boldin would be willing to play ball on such a thing as a team player and would like the additional job security, in addition to helping the Ravens’ cap situation some.

  61. envvy says: Jan 31, 2013 9:55 PM

    Ray Lewis retires that saves 6 mil next year. Birk retires that saves 3.5 mil. still going to have to restructure or make some unwanted cuts to a few players but that happens every year anyway.

  62. bkostela says: Jan 31, 2013 10:12 PM

    denverwally says:
    Jan 31, 2013 5:52 PM
    They won’t have to worry about keeping Ed Reed, he is already in a New England state of mind. He can go ahead and pull Boldin into the cab with him, they can share the ride to the airport.
    __________________

    i guess they want to have a great regular season followed by playoff disappointment like so many other big name free agents that have headed to foxboro in the past several years.

  63. chawk12thman says: Jan 31, 2013 11:00 PM

    Seattle has cap room and would love to have him…….

  64. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 31, 2013 11:29 PM

    Win or lose, the Ravens’ Super Bowl hangover will last a decade…

  65. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 1, 2013 5:10 AM

    ravensnosncaps | Jan 31, 2013, 8:17 PM EST
    @Nofoolnodrool
    Why did you change your screen name on here?

    Ray Ray said not to answer that because you weren’t there that night. But he said the answer is in the antlers…

  66. mdagnew1 says: Feb 1, 2013 7:39 AM

    We lose good players every year in cap situations. We’ve been in the playoffs for 5 years straight and to 3 AFC Championships. I’m not concerned. We will either keep him or find someone to replace him. My money is on him staying… Go Ravens!!!!

  67. joetoronto says: Feb 1, 2013 9:04 AM

    kingdm8 says:
    Jan 31, 2013 5:14 PM
    We would welcome Q back to the Cards with open arms. He’s one the most popular Arizona Cardinals ever.
    ***************************************************
    You guys had him and wouldn’t pay him.

    Too bad, so sad.

  68. steelerben says: Feb 1, 2013 1:52 PM

    Some of the Steelers fans on this thread make me ashamed to be part of the same camp. Seriously guys, grow some class if you want to talk trash about the Raven’s fans being jerks.

    That said, losing Boldin would be a tough thing to overcome. He’s big, physical, and a great target on third down and in the red zone. He also is over looked for his contributions blocking up field in the run game. Anyone that says he’s getting old and would be willing to take less money to stay on a team hasn’t been watching him play. He is going to get paid if he makes it to free agency. Miami, NY Jets, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Seattle, Minnesota, Tennessee, St Louis, and Kansas City would all at the least give him a sniff.

  69. lovefootball4life says: Feb 1, 2013 2:17 PM

    Some discrepancy in facts. Do a search in “ravens salary cap 2013″ and it appears they are currently UNDER the cap. My guess is Schefty projected some resignings. Good thing we’re not all GMs and leave it to the pros. But hey it was good enough to start a near riot in the comments between the still relevant Ravens fans and the no longer relevant, “watching from our couches, silently rooting for the Ravens since we don’t want the Niners to have a 6th Lombardi too” Steeler fans.

  70. lovefootball4life says: Feb 1, 2013 2:26 PM

    And why on earth do the Ravens have $1.8M in dead money for Cundiff. Shees. He’s still on the books?

  71. djjackson81 says: Feb 1, 2013 4:36 PM

    Man look at all the Gm’s. Ravens GM has made it clear Flacco is gonna stay as long as he’s GM. Therefore even with Lewis and Reed numbers off the books they are still over the cap. It’s not about drafting Boldin replacement it’s about find the way to keep Flacco and Boldin is one contract that would allow them to do that maybe. We will see y’all can guess or play GM all you want. To get under the cap either Boldin goes or Flacco goes which one would you want more??

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