The Ravens are scheduled to meet with Joe Flacco’s agent at the Scouting Combine as they try to hammer out a new deal for the Super Bowl XLVII MVP in talks that will have a great deal of impact on the rest of the roster for the 2013 season.
One player whose status will likely be most affected by the Flacco negotiations is wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Boldin is set to make $6 million next season with a cap number of $7.531 million, which has led to speculation that he’ll need to restructure his deal to avoid getting released. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that there have been no talks on that front as of yet.
It’s easy to understand why that’s the case. The Ravens have a little more than $10 million in cap room right now, but there won’t be any room if they wind up having to use the franchise tag on Flacco before the March 4 deadline. Beyond that, the team has to make tender offers for their restricted free agents or sign them to new deals that will further impact their available cap room. That group includes tight end Ed Dickson, tight end Dennis Pitta and defensive end Arthur Jones, all of whom are players the Ravens don’t want to lose this offseason. On top of that, there are free agents like linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and safety Ed Reed that the team might want to bring back.
Until they have a better handle on how much money they’ll need, it’s hard to work out a restructure with Boldin. Given all the moving parts, though, it seems like a conversation that will have to come eventually.