Af­ter end to sea­son, ros­ter talk heats up

Baltimore Sun - - NFL - By Daniel Oye­fusi

With the Ravens’ shock­ing 28-12 loss to the sixth-seeded Ten­nessee Ti­tans on Satur­day night come ques­tions about the soon-to-be sta­tus of mul­ti­ple key free agents as the team en­ters its off­sea­son.

As sev­eral play­ers filled the team’s locker room Sun­day morn­ing to clean out the re­main­der of their lock­ers, they fielded ques­tions about their dis­ap­point­ment with the pre­vi­ous night’s re­sults and their fu­ture with the fran­chise.

Some, like im­pend­ing un­re­stricted free agent Michael Pierce, said they would be in­ter­ested in re­turn­ing to the Ravens but knew the busi­ness side of the NFL would ul­ti­mately de­cide their fate.

The Ravens will have a lit­tle un­der $35 mil­lion in cap space this off­sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Spo­trac, but have 17 im­pend­ing un­re­stricted free agents. Here is a look at which Ravens play­ers may stay or leave in free agency, as well as pos­si­ble re­tire­ments and cap ca­su­al­ties.

Un­re­stricted free agents

Un­re­stricted free agents are free to sign with any team.

LB Josh Bynes; DT Justin El­lis; C Hro­niss Grasu; OLB Matthew Judon; DB/ LB An­thony Levine Sr.; OLB Per­nell McPhee; WRChris Moore; LB Patrick On­wua­sor; DT Do­mata Peko; DT Michael Pierce; S Jor­dan Richards; WR Seth Roberts; T An­dre Smith; CB Jimmy Smith; WRDe’An­thony Thomas; SS Bryn­den Traw­ick; DT Ji­had Ward

Re­stricted free agents

Re­stricted free agents are el­i­gi­ble for “a qual­i­fy­ing of­fer,” a con­tract that other teams can match.

C Matt Skura

Ex­clu­sive rights free agents

Ex­clu­sive free agents are free agents who reach the end of their con­tract with less than three years of ser­vice time in the NFL. If the player’s team of­fers him a oneyear con­tract and the league min­i­mum, they can­not ne­go­ti­ate with other teams.

G Randin Cre­celius; RB Gus Ed­wards; G Parker Ehinger; S Fish Smith­son

Team op­tion

DB Bran­don Carr: The Ravens can pick up Carr’s $4.5 mil­lion base salary and $1.5 mil­lion ros­ter bonus in 2020 by March 18, or let him be­come a free agent. Carr has started 192 straight reg­u­lar-sea­son games over his 12-year ca­reer, the long­est ac­tive streak among NFL de­fen­sive play­ers.

Po­ten­tial re­tire­ment

G Mar­shal Yanda: Ques­tions re­gard­ing Yanda’s re­tire­ment have sur­faced since he suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing an­kle in­jury in the 2017 sea­son. Yanda re­turned, how­ever, and has played at a Pro Bowl level in the past two sea­sons. The 35-year-old re­fused to an­swer ques­tions about his fu­ture af­ter Satur­day night’s loss, say­ing he would ad­dress it at a later time.

AMY DAVIS/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Michael Pierce re­mains up­beat as the Ravens play­ers clean out their lock­ers af­ter their loss to the Ti­tans on Satur­day night.

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