According to reports, the Baltimore Ravens will have a tough decision to make on their highest paid player Haloti Ngata. The Ravens have nearly $71 million commited to only six players for next season, Ngata will be their most expensive contract and will cost them $16 million. One thing that is unknown to the Ravens is in which condition Ngata will return as he is coming back from a serious injury which limited his effectiveness last season.
The team has said they are confident of keeping all the right pieces they need for another championship run next year. A number of key players will test free agency this year: Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson, Michael Oher, Arthur Jones, Corey Graham.
“I think the thing we want to do is just live in the moment right now,” assistant G.M. Eric DeCosta said. “Those guys are under contract. They’re all outstanding players. They’re some of the very best players at their position in the league. We just want to play this year. We’ll let those decisions wait until the future.
“We have a lot of flexibility with the cap. [Negotiator] Pat Moriarty and Ozzie do a phenomenal job of making tough decisions. We’ve made a lot of tough decisions over the last couple of years. They’re hard decisions to make. Any time you have to cut a player or let a player go in free agency because of the salary cap, it’s tough to do that.”
During the past the Ravens have had a thinking one year ahead mentality which ultimately brought them in a position to not only win the Super Bowl but also to remain in contention for years to come.