Pernell McPhee likely to leave the Ravens in free agency

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Pernell McPhee developed into a very good situational pass rusher last year, his fourth season in Baltimore. But the Ravens aren’t expecting him back for a fifth season.

McPhee, who becomes a free agent on March 10, is expecting a contract worth $8 million to $10 million a year in free agency, according to the Baltimore Sun, and that is a contract the Ravens can’t afford.

Frankly, if McPhee thinks he’s going to get anything close to $10 million a year, he probably has overestimated his worth. McPhee is a good player — No. 15 in our NFL free agent top 100 — but he’s only a part-time player who played less than half the Ravens’ defensive snaps last season. Teams generally don’t break the bank for players who spend more time on the sideline than on the field.

The flip side is, McPhee is right at his prime at 26 years old and is coming off a season in which he had 7.5 sacks. Even if McPhee isn’t going to make quite as much as he thinks, he’s probably going to get a better offer elsewhere than the Ravens can afford to match.

49 responses to “Pernell McPhee likely to leave the Ravens in free agency

  1. Sounds a little like Everson Griffen. Griffen was a part-time player, then signed a 5-year $42 million deal last year based on how he projected as a starter. It paid off with 12 sacks.

  2. McPhee is a good player, but he falls in line with guys like Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe who were both well overpaid (and overrated) by other teams.

  3. The biggest question that needs to be answered on the subject of DeflateGate is, Why did Chuck Pagano say the first time they were aware of the balls was after the Jackson INT? But now they say it was before the game?

    Something isn’t right with this explanation.

  4. McPhee and his agent both know one thing. It only takes one fool of a GM with a lot of cap space who misses out on his target to be desperate enough to pay him. He may not get $8 to $10M, but he could get $7M.

  5. if McPhee thinks he’s going to get anything close to $10 million a year, he probably has overestimated his worth, he’s only a part-time player.
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    the Ravens have no problem shelling out close to 3X that amount each year for a QB who plays part time, what’s another $10M.

  6. So you have someone that you consider to be a situational player ahead of players like Byron Maxwell and Bryan Bulaga on your FA list?

  7. He might get an average value of $10mil/yr, but it won’t be on a contract with much in the way of guaranteed money and it might have a couple of phony years at the end to inflate the value. Realistically, this guy is a 4/30 guy with probably half guaranteed. If you’d rather call that 6 for 60 with some huge option bonus due in year 5 (that he won’t ever see), then sure.

  8. He will follow the free agent big payday. No holding him back so I hope he gets a huge contract because it is good for him and it also helps the Ravens compensatory pick formula. Come on Jags, Raiders, Browns, Jets and all others desperate for success with money to spend!

  9. By your PFT FA rankings, you have him worth 8-10M. Not sure why you have him ranked at number 15 and then trash him by saying essentially that he isn’t worth the ranking?

  10. So you have someone that you consider to be a situational player ahead of players like Byron Maxwell and Bryan Bulaga on your FA list?

    Yes because he’s better then those two players and was backing up two pro bowl players at the same position (one of whom is only three years removed from defensive player of the year).

    Plus Bulaga? Really? He couldn’t block a doorway.

  11. the Ravens have no problem shelling out close to 3X that amount each year for a QB who plays part time, what’s another $10M.

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    Luckily for the Ravens that so called “part time” is usually in big games and in the postseason.

  12. McPhee is capitalizing on supply/demand; not many free agent pass rushers out there worth pursuing, and some of them are being locked up (Houston, Pierre-Paul) with the franchise tag. Why not take a shot? Worst case, he gets a Kruger/Griffen-level deal as a young player with proven success as a pass rusher, in part time duty no less.

    Just off the top of my head, the Jets, Bears, Cardinals, Browns, Titans, Raiders, Redskins, Saints, Texans, Chargers, Steelers, and Colts could all use someone like him. Not all of them can get a starter out of the draft. Timing jackpot for him if you ask me. His value will never be better on the open market.

  13. hakunamangata says:Feb 23, 2015 12:56 PM

    So you have someone that you consider to be a situational player ahead of players like Byron Maxwell and Bryan Bulaga on your FA list?

    Yes because he’s better then those two players and was backing up two pro bowl players at the same position (one of whom is only three years removed from defensive player of the year).

    Plus Bulaga? Really? He couldn’t block a doorway.

    Bulaga was rated the 2nd best pass blocking RT this past season, so maybe you should research a little bit more to get a better feel before giving your scouting reports.

  14. And he’s a solid guy, too. Helluva teammate according to the players I’ve heard talk about him. Wishing him the best. One of my favorite Ravens over the last few years. Best wishes & go get paid, young man!

  15. Adalius Thomas, Bart Scott, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Art Jones. You can’t pay these guys who are late round finds and end up getting super star money by being the beneficiary of playing with other great players. I believe it was 6.5 of his 7.5 sacks came when Suggs and Dumervil were also on the field so the guy is good but his numbers are inflated.

    Hopefully he’s not the next in line to not live up to a big contract elsewhere but signs point to it.

  16. Wonder if Steve Spagnuolo has any input on this guy ??

    Agent for Pernell — don’t sign anything til you hear from Jerry Reese.

  17. Pagano wants him? Didn’t Pagano and Grigson give Hughes to the Bills? Don’t they have to get ready to pay Luck Flacco money?

  18. He didn’t see a lot of time playing for the Ravens, but hey….he was playing for the Ravens. The Ravens are stacked with talent as usual. On any other team, he would have been a 3 downer.

  19. Bulaga was rated the 2nd best pass blocking RT this past season, so maybe you should research a little bit more to get a better feel before giving your scouting reports.

    Because he couldn’t play the Left side. You know the one people invest in. The one with the best pass rushers, and the higher responsibility of protecting the blind side.

  20. The difference between Ravens and other teams is that the Ravens can let players go (even if, like here, they would prefer to have the player stay at a more reasonable price) because they are consistently able to find and develop replacements, whereas (most) other teams cannot reliably find players and have to depend on the Ravens to do their developmental work, for which they pay a steep price.

    And for every former Ravens defender who has gone to another team and done as well or even better (there are a few), the Ravens can point to 3-4 who have done worse – how many Dolphin fans are satisfied with Ellerbe now?

    Nobody knew anything about McPhee until he had played with the Ravens a couple years. There will be more such players to come.

  21. Dude was in the middle of every big play for the Ravens. Someone will be getting a baller.

    BTW, it’s not Flacco’s contract that’s hurting the Ravens right now. It’s Ngata’s. He either restructures or leaves this year. Bank it.

  22. Joe Flacco’s cap hit for this coming season is ranked 15th among Other QBs. Not a problem this year, in spite of what some fans want to think.

  23. steelerswillbefine. The Ravens can restructure contracts to be able to afford Mcphee, if they wanted him. My point is, they don’t want him that bad. They will let him go.

  24. @pittsburghdamned- Like I said, Joe’s cap hit is 15th among QBs this year. Speaking of “stench”? Your QB is at #6.

  25. jacktheraven, my point is they need to restructure to sign players. They won’t have a bunch of bad teams to get to 10 wins next year. 9-0 against non winning teams and 1-6 against the winning teams.

    They will have a new scheme on offense, possibly losing Forsett, Pitta, and T Smith. On defense they need DBs and have to deal with aging Suggs, Dumercil, and Ngata. Oh and Flacco’s number will skyrocket in the 2016 season do that restructuring will start the cap hell the Steelers are just about out of. Ben’s cap number is high due to restructuring, otherwise it would be a modest 12 million for a 2 time SB winner.

  26. @willbefine- 10 wins is 10 wins. And then 1 win in the playoffs against a team that what?, beat winning teams and lost to losing teams? Last season, wins & losses, means NOTHING to The Ravens this year.

  27. jacktheraven, it certainly does mean something. If they can’t afford to improve the team, they won’t do well against the harder schedule next season. The AFC and NFC south were jokes last season, the West will be no cake walk. With possibly losing Forsett, T Smith, and Pitta the offense will struggle. The DBs are mainly crap. Suggs, Dumervil, and Ngata are near the end of the road. Flacco’s contract will put the team in cap hell. The only benefit the Ravens have is that they play a third place schedule.

    The Steelers ended up playing the hardest strength of schedule, with a crap defense, and proved all the trolls and haters wrong. Just about every one of you had them winning 2-6 games, finishing 4th in the AFCN, and each AFCN troll had their team finishing first.

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