The Ravens will face another bunch of tough salary cap decisions in this off-season. These aren't new things as the team deals with it every year, but the calls are that much harder this year because the team just won the Super Bowl.
There's a number of scenarios that could unfold due to the salary cap and the problems that come with it. The Joe Flacco situation also has an affect on this, so there's a bunch of things that will come together.
ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley said that Vonta Leach could be a salary cap casualty. Leach has been big for the Ravens ever since joining the team, but Hensley brought up some interesting reasons to consider him.
"Some would say wide receiver Anquan Boldin, but he proved his worth in the playoffs," Hensley wrote in a Feb. 22 blog. "The better bet is Leach, who would free up $3 million in cap space. Leach is still the best at his position, but it's hard to justify paying him $3 million when he's only on the field for a quarter of the offensive plays."
The Ravens got a little bit of help on Friday when veteran center Matt Birk announced his retirement. But there's still a number of tough calls to make.
Leach would be a big loss because he's such a good blocker for running backs like Ray Rice, but there's no question the veteran isn't on the field for every play, and that could be something the team's brass considers when they've got to make their decisions.
Giving up a player of Leach's stature is never fun, but teams like the Ravens are forced to do it each season. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.