The 2015 season is over for the Ravens and they are already entering off-season mode, determining which players give the Ravens the best chance to win. Players that the Ravens judge as beneficial will be kept, while players that the Ravens believe aren't helpful will be let go.
Over the next few days, I'll be doing a position-by-position review of the roster and giving my opinion of who is under contract for 2016 and what, if anything that the Ravens will do. Today we're going to be looking at the most important position on the roster: Quarterback
The Players: Joe Flacco, Ryan Mallett
No debate here. Flacco is the most important player on the Ravens roster. Getting rid of him is out of the question for the Ravens, even if just for the cap penalty they would have to take to do so.
Mallett is the best choice out of the three back-up QBs on the roster at the end of the 2015 season and the Ravens already have him signed for 2016. Mallet will likely be Joe's primary back-up next season and hopefully he won't have to do anything more than hand-off or kneel down in victory formation.
This might be one of the easiest roster evaluations to make. The Ravens are already set at the quarterback position with Joe Flacco providing steady play at the position for the foreseeable future. The back-ups are where the question of who should be kept arises and I feel that Ryan Mallett has answered that question. Clearly the Ravens liked the tools he has since they signed him to a contract that included the 2016 season as well.
The only reason that the organization would choose to add another quarterback was if Flacco was behind in his rehabilitation and they needed to have someone else as insurance policy. Given all the things we've heard so far, we have to imagine that it'll just be Flacco and Mallett to enter week one.