The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. Each week, I hope to chat with one of them in a regular feature called Blogger on Blogger. This week, I exchanged emails with Gordon McGuinness, who writes about the
MV: The Ravens just made
GM: Absolutely. The big argument for Flacco was always that he was being held back by former offensive coordinator
MV: Now that Flacco is under contract, which player should they turn their attention to next?
GM: While Flacco’s cap number for 2013 looks like a good bit of business by
MV: I'm intrigued by Reed, who continues to say he would like to return to Baltimore. Let's say that hypothetically he is open to a reasonable short-term deal. What does Reed have left as a player?
GM: Reed still has a place as a starter on an NFL defense, mainly due to his instincts. He remains a dangerous prospect for opposing quarterbacks -- proven by the fact that
MV: Two players who could potentially be salary cap casualties (or candidates for restructures) are
GM: On Boldin, absolutely. Despite his growing age, Boldin continues to have the ability to take over a game for stretches, to the point that he was the Ravens' best player in the playoffs, for me anyway. While Boldin' cap number is high heading into 2013, Flacco continually looked for him late in the season and the Ravens would have a task on their hands to find a player who suits their offense better from the slot. Leach is more interesting. He is still one of the best blocking fullbacks in the league but it really depends on what the team wants to do offensively this year. It seems to suit Flacco more to spread it out with three and four receiver sets and, if that's the way they want to continue to go, it's hard to justify Leach's salary despite how good he is.
MV: Heading into free agency next week and then the draft next month, which critical areas must the Ravens address? And are there any sneaky needs flying under the radar that are being overlooked?
GM: Has to be nose tackle, where Ma’ake Kemoeatu failed to make much impact after signing a one-year deal before the 2012 season and