Report: Ravens ask Lardarius Webb to take pay cut

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There’s been talk about the Ravens approaching defensive tackle Haloti Ngata about a pay cut and it appears he’s not the only member of the defense finding himself in that position.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the team has asked cornerback Lardarius Webb to slash his salary before the start of the 2015 season. Webb is set to make $8 million in the fourth year of a six-year contract he signed with the team in 2012 and carries a $12 million cap charge.

Per Rapoport, it’s unclear what the Ravens will do if Webb doesn’t agree. These cases tend to be pay cut or get cut, but it may not be the case this time.

Complicating things for the Ravens a bit is that they don’t get a great deal of relief from cutting Webb. Doing it outright would save them $2 million while designating him as a post-June 1 cut would mean waiting for the additional cap room until the top replacement options in free agency are off the board.

Webb missed three of the first four games last season with a back injury, but was healthy the rest of the way. That was unusual for a Ravens corner in 2014, although Webb’s play wasn’t at a high enough level that a pay cut request comes as a great surprise.

31 responses to “Report: Ravens ask Lardarius Webb to take pay cut

  1. Webb’s not going to get nearly $8m this year on the open market. Hopefully he’ll cut that to about $4m and have a bounce-back year to ensure his $8m for next season. Otherwise, gotta let him go and take the cap hit now to clean the books for the next year.

  2. Sounds to me like the player holds all the cards in this situation. Still, could Webb get that much if he were in free agency? Who knows. I’m not sure if he’s a #1 CB so $8M may be a bit much. I guess it all depends on how much of a pay cut they want him to take.

  3. Man I hope he’s smart and takes it cause he’s gonna get literally zippy on the market. He’s as damaged as damaged goods get. Undersized, injury prone on two bum knees.

  4. The Ravens better make him a free safety while they’re it. Switching positions would extend Webb’s injury-riddled career, and give the Ravens a much-needed ball hawk who’s already familiar with the system with great YAC skills to roam their secondary. The pay cut would make more sense then too.

  5. The Ngata situation and Webb’s are completely different. This site keeps reporting that the Ravens are asking Ngata to take a pay cut. That is not true. The Ravens are looking to extend Ngata’s deal. It is likely that he would actually make more guaranteed money than he is currently scheduled to. The Webb situation is different. This is actually a request to take a pay cut. There is a huge distinction between the two and it should be properly reported that way.

  6. It’s a shame his play has dropped off so much since the injury. He was outstanding for a while there.

    Lardarius, take the pay cut.

  7. Baltimore will have a hard time attracting and retaining talent if their entire mantra is to try and get by on the cheap by not paying their players (outside of Flacco).

    They’ve already come out and said point blank they won’t be paying anyone big money, no matter who it is (again, except the already done Flacco contract)

  8. Point well taken. However if they release Ngata they will see $8.5M in cap relief to use towards a new cb while waiting on Webbs cap relief so it’s not insurmountable to assume he will be cut.

  9. “They’ve already come out and said point blank they won’t be paying anyone big money, no matter who it is (again, except the already done Flacco contract)”

    When did they do this?

    You mean when Ozzie said he couldn’t pay market for McPhee but pointed out they paid market for Suggs, Dumervil, Yanda, Flacco, Koch, Webb and Monroe?

    I guess point blank must mean different things.

  10. Simple fact that the Ravens are in salary cap hell and are exploring some unpleasant options that don’t taste good. Memo to all Ravens fans – it’s going to get a lot worse.

  11. Webb may not be worth $8 mil but given the lack of CBs on the Ravens and the poor FA crop, it might be cheaper to keep him than to let him go, unless they are ready to write the season off. But what good will the money do if you have already written off the season? If he gets cut now there isn’t much cap relief but if they cut the cap loss by holding off until June, then there won’t be much left of the FA crop to sign.

    Might as well keep him. Maybe he will have a great season.

  12. The Ravens usually (with the exception of Dumervil/Faxgate) aren’t big players in free agency, so there’s really nothing to see here. #BuildThroughtheDraft.

  13. flash1287 says:
    Mar 3, 2015 4:25 PM

    More fall out because of the contract for the most overrated QB in the NFL, JUMP BALL JOE!

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    Yet another uneducated comment based off personal bias.

    Hey Flash, do you know how to use Google or even just search the NFL database? Flacco’s cap hit this year is $14.55 million. That ranks as FIFTEENTH in the league for quarterbacks. I’d say that, being a Super Bowl winning quarterback (I won’t call him an MVP because we all know Jacoby Jones deserved it) I think he has more than earned that contract over others with no rings or even postseason success.

    You don’t have to like him, but Flacco is a proven winner. As a rookie, he rode the coattails of a great defense while he caught up to NFL speed. Now, he’s bailing his defense out a lot of the time and keeping his team in the game.

    I’m sure you have more to say, so I’ll give you time to research before you comeback with anything. Oh who am I kidding, you’re just going to blurt out some more uneducated fodder in whatever way disrespects Flacco or the Ravens.

  14. Webb hasn’t played much the last few years, too many injuries. He started getting back to his old self too late in the season. He should take the Ravens offer..

  15. I guess point blank must mean different things.

    Everything means something different when you are dealing with the Ravens…..especially the truth.

  16. Again flash you are wrong. Joe’s contract counts 14.8 mill against the cap which ranks 15th among qb this year. Next year he will restructure. So you have no idea what you are talking about. Again romo, cutler, Ryan, Dalton, Kap make more money than joe and he’s won more playoff games than all of them combined

  17. Poor kid, they only think he’s worth less because of how sick he looked trying to cover Brown & Co. But who doesn’t – cut him some slack.

  18. AS GREAT AS JOE FLACCO WAS IN THE POSTSEASON THIS YEAR HE SHOULD ALSO TAKE A SLIGHT PAYCUT

  19. Think the Ravens have cap issues now? Wait until next year when Flacco’s cap number sky rockets to $28.5 million. It’s currently it is the largest cap number on the books of any single player in the NFL for 2016. Even with the projected increase he’ll eat up roughly 1/5 of the team’s entire cap space.

  20. vincentbojackson says:
    Mar 3, 2015 6:22 PM

    Think the Ravens have cap issues now? Wait until next year when Flacco’s cap number sky rockets to $28.5 million. It’s currently it is the largest cap number on the books of any single player in the NFL for 2016. Even with the projected increase he’ll eat up roughly 1/5 of the team’s entire cap space.

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    Well, at least you tried. If you cared to continue your bit there, you’d have pointed out that Flacco has already agreed to an extension to lower the cap number. Numbers need some crunching but that’s still a ways off. Give it time son, your hatred is not a pretty stench.

  21. Squeeling as usual crown. Remember when Webb and his defense continued the curse of tebow and smacked you out of the playoffs? It wasn’t that long ago.

  22. I thought Webb looked pretty good holding Brown & Co. to just 1 TD all day.

    30-17

    Are the fans/players getting thirsty in Pittsburgh? Because the playoff drought continues…

  23. Well, at least you tried. If you cared to continue your bit there, you’d have pointed out that Flacco has already agreed to an extension to lower the cap number. Numbers need some crunching but that’s still a ways off. Give it time son, your hatred is not a pretty stench.

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    it doesn’t really matter if he agrees to an extension or not, eventually that salary needs to hit the cap, he has been making 20+ million for the past 2 and the next season while having cap numbers at significantly less amounts. That difference plus his continuing 20 million dollar salary is going to have to be paid soon and its not going to look good. As we have seen recently and will continue to see, many other qbs are at around the same amount of salary so everyone will be dealing with it.

    this coming from a ravens fan

  24. As long as Flacco continues to lead the Ravens to postseason success the money is worth it. As a percent of the cap, how much space do guys like my Brady, Manning, Ben, etc take?

    People can hate on Flacco all you want, but the dude’s awesome come playoff time and has proven he can do it. Hell he has beaten all of those guys I just mentioned in January.

    He’s helped his team make the playoffs in 6 of the past 7 years. And he has playoff wins in 6 of his first 7 years in the league including a SB title and was obviously the playoffs MVP.

    I think the vast majority of teams would take that type of track record.

    And this is coming from a patriots fan.

  25. The Steelers will be favored to win the division. That tells you what people think about Bell missing that game.

    You’re capped out and done.

  26. Excuses, excuses from Steelers fans.

    The Ravens had a million guys on IR and still beat the Steelers, and almost beat my Pats. Don’t underestimate that team. They have been doing well for the past 8 years. It’s not a fluke.

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