In response to rkarp's comment:
all I said was his cap hit this year was very attractive to the team, and manageable the 2 years after that. He will be extended after 3 years and his cap hit will not be an impediment.
you have stated emphatically that Flaccos contract is "bye, bye to the Ravens for years to come"...
I never commented on Flaccos worth (I wouldnt have paid him that salary), only commented on how he impacts the cap.
Quite frankly, I've seen very little from their drafts in recent years.
Torrey Smith, maybe Jimmy Smith, Michael Oher and Upshaw showed some promise from last year's draft. Pierce looks like a good RB. It's a very thing yield from their last few drafts leading up to this. Part of that is they are a veteran team, part of it is that Ozzie Newsome hasn't drafted all that well. Pitta was a good pick, Dickson, not so much. Over 3 drafts, it might have been 4 or 5 guys that are key guys, starters or complemetary types.
I think their pipeline is thin for that kind of a transition and they don't have a lot of money to go get FAs or keep some of their own.
If they were to lose Reed, it's even more of a blow on the heels of losing Ray Lewis. A big reason why they won the SB is because Lewis came back, announced his retirement and that was all she wrote. Pretending two HOF players like Lewis and maybe Reed gone, is a positive in 2013 is moronic, even with their age.
Sergio Kindle and a guy like Mt Cody aren't guys I'd want to be looking at as starters in the future. They're basically busts, with Kindle leading the charge.
2010 draft - average at best
2011 draft - pretty good, but only 2 starters in the Smiths.
2012 draft - Pierce, a good looking young complemetary back with Rice. But, it almost appears like Rice is wildly overpaid if Pierce is as effective, doesn't it? Yep.
If they were in a stronger position in 2013 or 2014, them gambling on making 2 more SB runs would make more sense. Even with a lower cap hit from Flacco, as big as a risk as it is lowering it down that far in year 1, they still will have problems signing any impact FAs.
See, your problem is, you play contrarian and think every other AFC threat to NE is loaded and a perfect organization because you're basically a troll or one of the strangest Pats fans of all time.
So, yes, I think that Flacco deal being more than Brees, Brady's, even Manning's is bad for Baltimore.
All of a sudden any QB that leads their team to a SB win suddenly commands future HOF QB money?
Face it, Flacco's timing was perfect and he just cashed in. Balt's best chance to win a 2nd SB will be next year in that contract.
so the Ravens have had bad drafts in your opinion. Fair enough (but they keep going to the playoffs)
that is not the point however. the point is that you said Flaccos contract will doom the Ravens. It will not.