When Ravens left guard Ben Grubbs cleaned out his locker Monday morning following the the team’s 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Grubbs realized it could be his last time in the Ravens locker room.
“I’m just trying to soak up everything right now and just take in the moment, and not worry about what’s going to happen in the future,” Grubbs said, via BaltimoreRavens.com.
Grubbs, 27, will be an unrestricted free agent this off-season and his future in Baltimore is very much up in the air.
“I still have faith in whatever happens will be in God’s plans,” Grubbs said. “I have a great agent and I put all my trust in him that he’s going to put me in the best position and we’ll go from there.
His five-year rookie contract expires at the end of the league year in March, and he could be in for a deal on the free agent market that is larger than the Ravens are willing to pay. Last off-season, Baltimore signed right guard Marshal Yanda to a reported five-year, $36 million deal, and it remains to be seen if the team will be willing to shell out that kind of money to another lineman in back-to-back seasons.
Grubbs was a key cog along the offensive line this year, as he was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate despite missing six games due to a turf toe injury.
A case could be made that Grubbs was the team’s most valuable offensive linemen. In six games without Grubbs at left guard, running back Ray Rice averaged 63.6 rushing yards per game. With Grubbs in the lineup, Rice averaged 89.1 rushing yards per game. Rice finished the season with a career-high 1,364 rushing yards and Grubbs’ presence in the lineup had a lot to do with the fourth-year running back’s career-season.
All I can think of is just all of the work that was put into the season,” Grubbs said. “Everybody in this locker room has their story. I certainly have my story with missing six games, then coming back and being in this position that we were in last night, knocking on the door of the Super Bowl. It’s just tough not getting there.