Despite the Baltimore Ravens 5-11 record last season, the organization is still one of the elite organizations in the NFL. Over the past 17 seasons overall since 1999, I would say that the Ravens are a top five organization at worst when you consider the fact that the Ravens were still competitive while having a revolving door at the quarterback position from 1999-2007, accumulating 172 wins along with 15 playoff wins (second most in the NFL during that time) and two Super Bowl trophies.
However, all of those achievements doesn't mean that the Ravens are perfect and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. No team in the NFL is perfect not even the New England Patriots as the entire success of the Patriots franchise hinges on the health of Tom Brady. If Brady goes down, they won't see an 11-5 season without him like they did in 2008 at this point in time.
We need to look at the way the Ravens manage its salary cap and to me, it doesn't look good especially on a roster that doesn't have a whole lot of depth. A lot of the critique of salary cap management from time to time is hindsight 20/20 and I admit that I am guilty of that sometimes.
But when you look at the Ravens salary cap hits with the following players on the Ravens roster and you can begin to see that the Ravens can do better with the way the organization manages its salary cap.
Take a look at the salary cap hits between these four players during this 2016 season:
- Defensive back Lardarius Webb (10 million dollar cap hit in 2016)
- Left tackle Eugene Monroe (8.7 million dollar cap hit in 2016)
- Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (7.4 million dollar cap hit in 2016)
- Tight end Dennis Pitta (7.2 million dollar cap hit in 2016)
The Ravens do not have a lot of room to work with which is why the organization had to restructure Marshal Yanda's contract to free up nearly four million dollars. The Ravens had to get cornerback Kyle Arrington to take a pay cut as well as restructuring cornerback Jimmy Smith's contract.