As soon as the Super Bowl parade wrapped up at M&T Bank Stadium on Tuesday in Baltimore, Ravens executives Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta had to get to work on making some big personnel decisions. Linebacker Ray Lewis is retiring, yes, but that’s the least of their roster concerns right now. Quarterback Joe Flacco earned a monster paycheck and a long-term deal, but the question is how much and for how long? He’s going to want Drew Brees/Peyton Manning money. Are the Ravens willing to pay him at that scale?
Then there’s Ed Reed. A beloved player, now a Super Bowl champion, and though he’s not what he once was, he's still an above average safety. Do the Ravens pay Reed a bit more than he’s worth to ensure he retires in Baltimore?
Linebacker Paul Kruger, the breakout pass-rushing star of 2012; left tackle Bryant McKinnie; linebacker Dannell Ellerbe; and cornerback Cary Williams are potential free agents, as well. Tight end Dennis Pitta can become a restricted free agent. The Ravens start the offseason roughly $5 million over the salary cap. Many decisions will be made before March 12, the start of the free-agent signing frenzy. - Peter Schrager
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