Thirty-one other teams wished they were the Baltimore Ravens right about now.
Super Bowl champions.
Although, just 11 days later, things have changed. The 2012 season is officially over and the Ravens were one of the two last teams to turn the page to 2013. In other words, they're about a month behind the curve.
All I have to say is thank goodness Ozzie Newsome (General Manager, Executive V.P.), Dick Cass (Team President) and Pat Moriarty (V.P., Football Administration) all work for the Ravens. If anyone can sort this out, they can.
Obviously, Joe Flacco is priority one. After that, who knows?
Thirteen of the 29 free agents are unrestricted (including Flacco), meaning they can sign with any team that offers them a contract. Flacco is expected to re-sign with the Ravens and it would be a huge shock if he didn't.
There are, however, nine other Ravens starters who are unrestricted free agents. What should the Ravens do?
They are currently $10,444,866 under the salary cap for the 2013 season (16th in the league). Their current contracts count as $109,987,329 against the 2013 salary cap.
There isn't a lot of room to work with, but thankfully this team has shown they have the blueprint for sustained success in the salary cap era.