The Baltimore Ravens Are the Biggest Losers in 2013 Free-Agency Chase

March 19, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Less than two months ago, the Baltimore Ravens were on top of the NFL world, hoisting the Lombardi trophy after a hard-fought victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
Now, after a week of free agency that saw the Ravens' roster get picked over like a half-off table at a Black Friday sale, Baltimore's chances of becoming the first team in nearly a decade to repeat as Super Bowl champions are fading fast.
The fire sale got going before free agency was even officially underway, and the Ravens actually poked the first hole in their own boat.
Signing quarterback Joe Flacco to a contract extension that made him the NFL's highest-paid player left the Ravens hurting for cap space, so the team dealt wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the 49ers for a sixth-round pick.
The Ravens didn't want to pay Boldin—who led the team in receiving yards in each of his three seasons in Baltimore—$6 million for a season during which he will turn 33, despite Boldin's ...

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