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B&B Big Story Banter: Rice and Suggs

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B&B Big Story Banter: Rice and Suggs

Posted on 22 February 2014 by Brett Dickinson

By: Brett Dickinson and Barry Kamen

BK: The Baltimore Ravens are in off season mode. The Baltimore Orioles are still reporting to Sarasota for spring training. Despite these facts, the Baltimore area dominated the sports headlines this week; equal parts good, with equal parts bad. I want to start the banter with the Ravens already answering their biggest question of the off season, signing OLB Terrell Suggs to an extension that lowers his current salary cap number by $4 million, and will allow Suggs to finish his career where it all started.

Mr. Dickinson, what is your take on the parameters of the contract that T-Sizzle received, and did the Ravens make the correct decision by bringing him back?

BD: Personally, many people already know that I am not a fan of Suggs, because of his off-field transgressions.  But I also believe that he has been overrated by the general public for several years now, even when he won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2012.

Suggs has a tendency of disappearing for not just plays, but games at a time. None was more evident than the final nine games of the season last year, recording one sack in that span.  For a player being paid hefty money to attack the QB, he is simply not consistent enough to garner such lofty contracts.

His sack totals are elevated, as he has a tendency to have big games against inferior offensive tackles (he recorded 3 of his 10 sacks against the Dolphins last year, and that was before they traded for Bryant McKinnie).  The same went for his peak season of 2012, where out of his 14.5 sacks, 9 came in three games.

Add in his off-field issues, with domestic violence charges and the government collecting retrieving his arsenal of assault weapons from his home and I do not think he has earned an extension. More importantly at 31, his best years are already behind him and for a team trying to retool, that little over $3 Million could be used elsewhere.

The Seahawks laid the blueprint on how to build the franchise in the 2010’s, by adding a bevy of highly skilled role players, surrounded by key stars at key positions.  They had one of the greatest defenses ever, without spending big money on a single pass-rusher.  Instead adding depth throughout their roster, they were able to dominate the entire league.

Ozzie has a problem awarding players for past performances, which has led to the Ravens living in cap hell for years now.  That will only continue if he does not learn that it is better to cut ties with a player one year too early, rather than one year too late.

 

So Barry, speaking of cutting ties, what is the general reaction to the Ray Rice Saga and how should the Ravens (and the NFL) respond? Should (and will) he be on the roster come September?

Ray Rice and FianceBK: Shock. Sadness. Disappointment. Those three words can sum up how the Ravens Nation feels following the arrest of their once beloved running back. Prior to this season, Ray Rice had been a pillar of stability, both on and off the field. Rice’s production, coupled with his strong anti-bullying campaign, made him impossible to dislike. After a disappointing 2013 season in which Rice averaged just 3.1 yards per carry and 4 touchdowns, many wonder if Rice’s days of being one of the top running backs in the league are over.

I cannot help but wonder if there is a connection between Rice’s disgruntled work life and his personal life. There is no excuse for ever striking a woman. And when that woman is already the mother of your child and set to be your wife, more questions have to be asked. The Baltimore Ravens have had their fair share of legal issues to deal with over the years (namely Ray and Jamal Lewis in separate incidents), but I do not think that Rice can repair his image in Baltimore.

From a business perspective, it makes little sense for the Ravens to cut Rice, who would still be owed $14 million in guaranteed money from the contract he signed in 2012. However, the Ravens do not have a choice at this moment. The video (seen here) of Rice dragging his unconscious fiance out of the casino elevator is not the entire story, but it says enough.

With Gary Kubiak as the new offensive coordinator, the Ravens can draft a running back and tell the media that they were the best player available who happened to fit Kubiak’s scheme. I do know a guy who would fit in really well here… Terrance West

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ESPN’s Yasinkas believes former Towson RB West could rise up draft boards

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Audio

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ESPN’s Van Valkenburg believes Rice’s reputation may never recover

Posted on 19 February 2014 by WNST Audio

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TMZ’s Rosenblum says there are more Rice videos to come

Posted on 19 February 2014 by WNST Audio

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ESPN’s Wickersham believes R. McClain will attempt comeback with Ravens

Posted on 19 February 2014 by WNST Audio

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790 Houston’s Zierlein believes Rice will “absolutely” fit in Kubiak’s system

Posted on 15 February 2014 by WNST Audio

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Rotoworld’s Norris believes Ravens could focus on Alabama products to fit needs

Posted on 11 February 2014 by WNST Audio

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Former Ravens Neal feels Kubiak needs to build run game around Rice’s strengths

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Audio

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Hip Surgeon Dr. Ochiai says Rice should have full recovery before next season

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Audio

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Possible Ravens Offseason Targets: WR (Part 1)

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Possible Ravens Offseason Targets: WR (Part 1)

Posted on 03 February 2014 by Brett Dickinson

Over the next several weeks, I will analyzing possible fits for the Ravens available on the market, whether it be free agency, trade or cap casualties.  There will be a severe focus on the positions of needs for Baltimore, while adhering to their business model, as well as salary cap constraints. This is the first look at possible targets at WR this off season.

JUSTIN BLACKMON (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Justin BlackmonHe had a rough time the first two seasons in Jacksonville, with two suspensions related to DUI arrests. The Jaguars might be inclined to either trade or release the troubled WR, especially with that being a position of strength, for a team with a lot of needs.  A new environment, with established standards for off-field behavior might do him some good.  

Physically, he has the ideal size and speed to be a No. 1 WR in the NFL; built similar to Dez Bryant in Dallas (who he followed as the main target at Oklahoma State).  He has proven to be capable of big games, including a 190 yard performance against Denver in 2013 (one of the few games he actually paid).  He has shown flashes of greatness with mediocre (and sometimes poor) QB play, by the likes of Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert.  

Price wise, Blackmon is set to make just over $7M the next two seasons; which is not outrageous and may drop significantly depending on contract stipulations with his suspensions ( and even more if released).  A player one night out on the town away from a season long ban would not require high draft pick compensation in any trade circumstance.

 

JEREMY MACLIN (Philadephia Eagles)

Jeremy MaclinHe is coming off his second major injury since entering the NFL in 2009.  Returning from an ACL tear, during last year’s training camp, will diminish his value on the open market. Maclin may be looking for a one year “show me” contract, to establish his value for the 2015 off season.  

Though he has not lived up to his first round expectations, Maclin has been a solid target, with his strong hands and ability to stretch the field.  He has also proven to be a decent red zone target, leading the team three out of the five seasons in touchdown catches.

At only 25, a point where many WRs take the next step, there will be a high demand for the speedy wideout.  The Colts employ Ryan Grigson, a member of the Eagles front office when they selected him, while the Chiefs’ are led by his old Head Coach, Andy Reid.  There is also a strong possibility he choses to stay in Philadelphia, because of his familiarity with his teammates as well. The Ravens may have to overpay on his potential to steer his attention away from other, more suitable options.

JAMES JONES (Green Bay Packers)

James JonesJones is another WR with injury concerns, but does have good production on the field; he also had the luxury of playing in the Packers spread open offense.  Add in the bonus of catching passes from Aaron Rodgers, alongside the likes of Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb; his stats may be inflated a bit but he has been a key cog in the Packer offense for years. He has proven to be a great end-zone option, leading the entire NFL in touch down receptions 2012 (14).

He has good size (6’1” 205 lbs.), with great leaping ability, to out jump most defensive backs in the NFL.  His hands are questionable, but does have a flare for the big play.  Jones has the strength out grab tough balls over the middle, making him a good complement to deep threats, like Torrey Smith.

He will also be in high demand, but come at a reasonable price, coming off an injury-plagued down season.  With the Packers depth at the skill positions, and key needs on defense, they may be willing to invest somewhere else, instead of bringing back Jones. Because he is turning 30 in March, his price tag with cheaper than younger available WRs.

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