The Baltimore Ravens held their annual season-ending “State of the Ravens” press conference at the team’s headquarters in Owings Mills on Wednesday, where owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass, general manger Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh took questions from the media.
With key off-season decisions yet to be made on quarterback Joe Flacco, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and running back Ray Rice and left guard Ben Grubbs, who are both unrestricted free agents, Bisciotti guaranteed that at least two of the three will be in Ravens uniforms in 2012. Those two would be Flacco and Rice, even if it means slapping the franchise tag on Rice.
“Ray and Joe Flacco will be part of this football team next year, guaranteed,” Bisciotti said, via The Washington Post.
As far as Grubbs’ future goes in Charm City, Bisciotti and Newsome could make no guarantees. Grubbs is a great talent, there’s no disputing that, however, re-signing him now could mean that the team won’t be able to keep another young player in the future.