Originally Posted by eriadoc
That's the one point I think people are mistaken on. Ozzie Newsome has been a good GM the last several years, but he's had monetary flexibility from his QB position. This is the first time he's had to tie up a huge amount in one player, and the cuts are following. Going forward, we'll see just how good he really is. I think people are giving him too much credit for past success that doesn't necessarily translate going forward. We'll see.
The Ravens have been up against the cap every year since 2003, they typically carry, after FA and signing the draft picks, about $2-3million in cap space in case of injuries- this 2-3 mill is for signing street FA's during TC or the season.
Go back and look at all the FA that left the Ravens: besides Priest Holmes, not too many have gone on to glory with another team.
Kruger is a 2down player- stupid deal for the Browns. He only got sacks when Suggs was on the field getting double teamed.
Ellerbe was not 7million a year LBer- Oz signed him for $2,000 offf the street as a FA. Nice plaer but not worth what he got.
Bolden was a trade and before the post-season, he hadn't really panned out in a lot of Ravens fans eyes. Would rathr have kept him but $6million is a lot ofr a slot guy.
Pollard was released because of Harbaugh and contention between the two. smple as that.