Ravens may have to re-cap after season

Ravens may have to re-cap after season
May 20, 2013, 10:15 pm
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I don’t know if Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta is a fan of the Grass Roots. In fact, I don’t know if he’s even heard of the group that had a string of hits in the 1960s and ’70s. But to hear him talk about the Ravens’ future salary cap situation, he could be following the philosophy espoused by the Grass Roots on their hit “Let's Live for Today” (and don’t worry about tomorrow, hey).

In a Sun piece on the Ravens’ cap outlook for 2014, DeCosta said, as reported by Aaron Wilson: “I think the thing we want to do is just live in the moment right now.”

That’s fine, but the Ravens could find themselves in another need-to-subtract mode after this season. As Wilson writes, six players — Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs, Joe Flacco, Lardarius Webb, Ray Rice and Marshal Yanda — are scheduled to make up nearly 60 percent of the 2014 salary cap. That doesn’t leave lots of room to maneuver.

“Those guys are under contract,” DeCosta said. “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.”

Those decisions will also include figuring out a way to keep coming free agents such as Dennis Pitta and Michael Oher. But that’s for next year. Cue the Grass Roots.