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Flacco's agent: Huge cap number 'is what it is'

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Flacco's agent: Huge cap number 'is what it is'

The posturing has begun regarding Joe Flacco's contract, which is clearly the elephant in the room this offseason for the Ravens.

Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, went on the Glenn Clark Radio show on Thursday and said no negotiations are taking place with the Ravens right now, and as for a whopping quarterback cap figure? Hey, that's the cost of doing business in today's NFL.

Flacco's six-year, $120 million deal he signed in 2013 was very cap friendly for the Ravens the first three years, but that is about to change. His cap figure in 2015 was $14.5 million, but that jumps to more than $28 million in 2016, which would be the second-highest cap hit in the league (Drew Brees -- for now -- has a $30 million cap hit according to spotrac.com, which tracks player contracts). And Flacco's cap number jumps to more than $31 million in 2017.  

The way Flacco's deal was structured, it seemed inevitable that the Ravens and Flacco, who turns 31 this month, would sit down three years into the deal -- basically now -- and find a way to lower those remaining cap figures. Heck, even Linta said as much.

"I'm not apologetic for the fact this is really a three-year deal," Linta told USA Today three years ago. "There's no way they can afford $29 million a couple of years from now."

Fast forward three years, and Linta told Glenn Clark that a $28 million cap hit "is what it is. I mean, that's the price of these types of quarterbacks. Every deal that's going to be done is going to be in that realm."

Linta suggested that a rising cap -- expected to rise 2 to 8 percent, to somewhere in the $147 million to $155 million range -- makes a $28 million cap hit less pronounced than it would have been three years ago.

It's no surprise that Linta would take that stance, and it's also no surprise that Ozzie Newsome would suggest, as he did at the "State of the Ravens" news conference on Thursday, that the Ravens will have a strategy in place in case they can't lower Flacco's cap hit.

But they will. Regardless of what Linta and Newsome said, both sides know a restructuring is coming. Linta can get Flacco an extension that will add some years to the deal while lowering the initial cap hit. The Ravens, with a lower cap hit on Flacco's deal, will have more resources to upgrade the roster, which they definitely need to do after a 5-11 season.

It makes sense for both sides.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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