Tough choices ahead for team

Ten play­ers of var­ied im­por­tance el­i­gi­ble to hit un­re­stricted free agency

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Jonas Shaf­fer

The big­gest move the Ravens will make this off­sea­son has al­ready been de­ter­mined. Quar­ter­back Joe Flacco, un­der con­tract through 2021, will be off the team’s ros­ter next sea­son, and his mon­strous salary off its books. There are now other play­ers more im­por­tant to the fran­chise’s fu­ture, and his de­par­ture al­lows for more fi­nan­cial flex­i­bil­ity in the months (and years) to come.

On March 13, 10 Ravens will be­come un­re­stricted free agents. Their roles vary widely, from cor­ner­stone line­backer to backup quar­ter­back. But with gen­eral man­ager Eric DeCosta want­ing only “re­spon­si­ble” spend­ing, their fu­tures are all in­ter­twined, if only marginally. Less money for one player could mean more for an­other, and that might make the dif­fer­ence be­tween stay­ing and go­ing.

One month from the open­ing of the mar­ket, here’s where the Ravens stand with their free agents-to-be. The 10 play­ers are or­dered by their over­all grade on an­a­lyt­ics web­site Pro Foot­ball Fo­cus, from high­est to low­est.

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