Now that Super Bowl XLVII is over and the 2012-13 NFL season has come to a close, it is time to take a look at what the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers should have their focus on during the offseason.
Sign Joe Flacco
The most obvious item on the Ravens' checklist is re-signing their signal-caller. It was unclear what was going to happen between Flacco and the Ravens organization—until now that is.
His contract has come to a close, and what a time for the stud quarterback to be cashing in. With a Super Bowl MVP trophy in hand, the Ravens will want to make sure Flacco stays in purple for a long time.
Flacco's decision to put off contract talks until the end of the season truly paid off. Deion Sanders said after the game that he believes Flacco will get a $100 million contract (via USA Today). Whether he gets paid that much is uncertain, but Flacco should expect a rather large contract in any case.
The first thing that the Ravens should get out of the way in the offseason is locking up their Super Bowl MVP quarterback.
Re-sign Ed Reed, let him finish as a Raven
Ed Reed has been extremely valuable to the Baltimore Ravens in his 11 years with the team. Even though he is now 34 years of age, Reed showed Sunday that he's still got it.
Reed recorded the only interception of the Super Bowl, coming in the first half when the Ravens forced back-to-back turnovers on consecutive possessions. He also had five tackles and knocked down a pass. For years Reed has been arguably the best "center fielder" in the NFL, sneaking in for interceptions and deflections left and right.
Reed is No. 10 all time with 61 interceptions in the regular season. Also he has notched nine interceptions in the postseason.
As with Flacco, Reed now heads into free agency. According to NESN, Ed Reed wants to play with the Ravens again next season rather than retire. Baltimore should not hesitate to bring Reed back.
Trade Alex Smith
Not many people would have predicted that Alex Smith would lose his starting spot at quarterback a year after he put forth a gutsy NFC Championship performance. It wasn't that Smith necessarily did anything particularly wrong, but he got injured and was replaced.
Colin Kaepernick stunned the football world with his strong arm and freakish speed. He led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in just his second season in the league.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the 49ers will attempt to trade Alex Smith.
Smith has the talent to be a starter on another NFL team. San Francisco is smart to try to trade the quarterback, so it can get some value in return for the former No. 1 pick.
With a lack of strong free-agent quarterbacks, some teams would be wise to take interest in Smith.
Make a decision on Dashon Goldson
The 49ers need to make a choice regarding Dashon Goldson. They need to either sign the safety to a multi-year deal, or just let him walk as a free agent.
Goldson was given the franchise tag for this past season, but that may not be an option this time. San Francisco has a large number of players hitting free agency and it is going to have to make some tough decisions.
He has had a fine career with San Francisco and recorded nine tackles in the Super Bowl. Goldson made nine interceptions over the past two seasons as well.
Ideally, the 49ers would want to bring back Goldson next season. They will be very active in the offseason, trying to re-sign a number of starters, as well as improving for the coming season.