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Ravens getting younger

Posted on: July 25, 2011 8:04 pm

If you make a lot of money, it's even more so.

That's a poem some NFL players don't want to hear in the next couple of days. But it's exactly what four Baltimore Ravens were told Monday. Those four were tight end Todd Heap (31), running back Willis McGahee (30 in October), wide receiver Derrick Mason (37) and nose tackle Kelly Gregg (34).

Those four will be officially released by the Ravens Thursday, the first day teams can do so, but at least they got a heads-up.

All four were scheduled to have big contracts this season. Some of them could be re-signed to lesser deals if they don't sign somewhere else.

They all play positions where it's time for younger players to play. That's the cruelty of the NFL.

Heap can still play at a high level, and I imagine he will get some action on the market. He would be a nice fit in Arizona or Denver, two teams that need tight ends. He played his college ball at Arizona State, so the Cardinals would make sense.

The Ravens had to trim cap space, and sometimes it's hard to do with name players who have been major contributors. Releasing Heap would seem to be the toughest move since he was a fan favorite and a good guy in the locker room.

Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta, two young players, have to come through if Heap isn't brought back.

Look for more of this around the league.

The NFL is a young man's game. Don't ever forget it.

Category: NFL

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:59 pm

Ravens getting younger

Ryan is good, but not much better than Flacco. Sanchez isn't better than Flacco. He had the 2nd worst comp% this year among starting quarterbacks.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:42 pm

Ravens getting younger

I'm not saying all of those guys are without a doubt better than Flacco, just that there's definitely an argument to be made that all of them could be.  Cutler I think has way more raw talent, although he's shown some character issues.  Stafford I think probably has more long-term upside than Flacco.  Carson Palmer, if he came back and was playing for anyone other than Cincy I think still could be a very good NFL QB.  Anyways, my point was that Flacco is a middle of the road NFL starter.  Certainly not in superstar category, but also a guy that isn't going to have to compete for his job right now.  I just think it's crazy for anyone to say that there's "only 5 QB's better" than Flacco.

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:05 pm

Ravens getting younger

Jay Cutler, Carson Palmer? Honestly......

The rest of your list is fine, and you coudl include Josh Freeman on there without getting an argument from me. Bradford may take that next step and surpass him, but including an always injured Stafford on that list is laughable as well. Flacco should be ranked 9th-14th on everyone's list, any higher or lower is absurd.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:26 pm

Ravens getting younger

As much as I hate the Ravens, they have one of the smartest front offices in the league.  They consistently make smart, shrewd moves and draft very well...the opposite of the franchise located about 35 miles to their southwest.

So they let go an oft-injured TE in Todd Heap, a possession receiver who is declining in Derrick Mason, and a non productive basically short yardage back in Willis McGahee.  Don't be surprised if Heap comes back at less $ and possibly Mason.  If not then the Ravens go shopping for a younger possession receiver to complement Anquan Boldin.  They need to get a bit faster outside, and they are fine with Ray Rice carrying the ball.  McGahee was useless for them and won't come back.

While the Ravens' D has been near the top for years, they are getting old.  I keep waiting for the letdown there.  Has not happened yet. 
For the poster who said Joe Flacco was maybe 6th best QB?  No.  Right now I put him in the middle.  He is an effective game manager who does enough to let his defense do the rest.  I don't think he can carry a game like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, or Ben Roethlisberger can.  He plays hard and is smart, I would not be surprised if he moves into the top 10 this year.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:39 am

Ravens getting younger

Sorry, I forgot Sanchez and Schaub as well.

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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:36 am
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Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:31 am

Ravens getting younger

5 QB's better than Flaco?  Are you serious?

Eli Manning

And, honestly, I would probably take Bradford or Stafford over Flacco as well.  Flacco is a middle of the road QB, not a superstar.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:00 am

Ravens getting younger

you are a joke, theres only five QB's better than flacco in the nfl

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:36 am

What is the poem?

I imagine Mason will be back with the Ravens..hard to see Heap anywhere else too.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:54 pm

Ravens getting younger

if heap goes to a t/e friendly offense w/ a real q/b....scary. got my fantasy radar on.

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