The Ravens’ decision-makers will be meeting at owner Steve Bisciotti’s home in Jupiter, Fla. this weekend to plot offseason strategy. Here are three topics of conversation that Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome, coach John Harbaugh, and others will be discussing:
1. Reworking quarterback Joe Flacco’s contract
Unless Flacco $28.55 million cap number for next season is reduced, it will be a deterrent to the Ravens' offseason financial flexibility. Flacco and his agent, Joe Linta, are willing to talk, but it's a negotiation and things could get tricky. The faster this matter is resolved, the better for the Ravens.
2. A game plan for free agency
The biggest uncertainty heading into free agency for the Ravens surrounds offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, who switched from left guard to left tackle late in the season after Eugene Monroe’s injury. Will the Ravens make a strong push to re-sign Osemele, who has even more leverage after showing his ability to play left tackle? Kicker Justin Tucker is also a free agent, but if the Ravens can’t sign him to a long-term deal, they can use the franchise tag to keep him. Free agent linebacker Courtney Upshaw looks destined to be headed elsewhere.
3. A game plan for the draft
Holding the No.6 pick in the draft, the Ravens have plenty of needs - among them pass rusher, cornerback, wide receiver, safety. What happens during free agency, especially at left tackle, will influence the Ravens’ draft approach. However, this is the Ravens’ most important draft in years, coming off a 5-11 season. They need more talent, and they need to get younger and faster.