Friday, February 20, 2009

Get ready to say goodbye to Jason Brown

Brace yourself Baltimore. If you are a fan of Jason Brown’s chances are he will be wearing a different color jersey next season. From what I’m hearing he wants to be paid like a guard and Alan Faneca’s contract with the Jets signed last season is said to be agent Harold Lewis’ measuring stick. That deal had over $20 million in guarantees.

The Ravens like Brown but not at that number. Ozzie Newsome has long been a proponent of paying the big dollars to players who touch the ball or the quarterback. Brown at this point looks like the right player, wrong price. The most interested teams at this point appear to be the Dolphins and the Jaguars.

Not to beat a dead horse, but this is yet another example of the Ravens not extending a key player a year before they reach the open market. Time has stripped away the team’s leverage. They did it with Terrell Suggs and now Jason Brown. On deck is Haloti Ngata whose deal expires after the 2010 season.

Back to Suggs for a moment, agent Gary Wichard wants to deliver Dwight Freeney money to Suggs and believes that he’ll get it. The Ravens are already going to pay Suggs $10.2 million this year as their franchise player and franchising him suggests that they value him and want him back. Last year’s tag cost $8.8 million so over two seasons they will have spent $19 million on Suggs provided of course they do not reach a long-term agreement with him. The Ravens let Adalius Thomas go because they wanted to sign Suggs and couldn’t afford both.

It’s time to get this thing done! Admit your mistake Ozzie and pay the man.
Waiting will just cost you much more.

Tick-tock, tick…doo, doo, doo-doo

12 comments : said...

Hey good to see people concerned about the Ravens Future. keep up with updates.

Harryos29 said...

Harry O 29 Feb 20th
... Lets not be stupid here OZZIE. You just acquired your Franchise QB in JOE FLACCO...then you are thinking of letting the next most important person on the field..go to Free Agency? Joe Flacco is one Blitzing Line Backer away from being turned into a MUSHROOM. I do not think anyone wants to see our Prize Franchise QB ground into the Turf by James Harrison twice a year.
... COME ON the right thing and let Ray go..and

.Doesn't Jason Touch the ball on every play?

Anonymous said...

I will be very ticked off if we don't sign Brown.

Anonymous said...

Stop beating a dead horse already.

If the Ravens had made overtures to Jason Brown regarding an extension a year ago, don't you think his agent would have advised him not to extend but to wait knowing that he could make more money?

You always assume that the Ravens are at fault in situations like this, yet you don't know that they didn't try to extend hom and that his agent said no.

Enough already!

Tony Lombardi said...

Anonymous No. 2,

Let's just say that some things that I've learned aren't for public consumption but that they do help to shape my opinions -- an opinion which by the way is shared by others close to the team.

Thanks for your insight.

MB Genius said...

TL, pay no attention to the man hiding behind the curtain of anonymity. I would agree that you hammer that point about Ozzie pretty often but sometimes the truth hurts and he does drop the ball when it comes to locking up key players before they hit the market. The Eagles and Steelers do a nice job of that.

Anonymous said...

And while we're at it, let's poke a little hole in the "right player, right price" mantra, shall we?

Example 1: Willis Mcgahee. WRONG player, WRONG price, WRONG contract (i.e. 12.5 M just to CUT or TRADE that bum? AMAZINGLY wrong!).

Example 2: Tagging Suggs for a 2nd straight year. Maybe right player, DEFINITELY the wrong price/way to go about acquiring his services.

Example 3: Yamon Figurs. Wrong player at ANY price.

Ozzie has hit some home runs; he's also struck out on several occasions. Not locking up a stud center like Jason Brown is a major flub, it if plays out that way.

Section 501 said...

Well, it looks like TL is right on this one. I'm not saying he's a great source for breaking stories but when it comes to having a feel for the team, he seems to have his finger on the pulse of 1 Winning Way. And I may be in the minority here, but I don't think Brown is a stud. Ravens probably could have had this guy at this time last year for half this money with an extension. The Eagles do this all the time.

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember a fourth and inches in the AFC championship game when Jason Brown could not get any push on a QB sneak with a 6 foot 6 inch QB. Now maybe it was because Troy jumped the play or maybe it was because of a poor play call that the play was stuffed. The thing is Jason Brown is above average and plays like that showed it. When we desperately needed him to push Hampton back just an inch he couldn't and it allowed the Steelers to rally and push Flacco back. Now I am not going to say that this was the game changing play that cost us a shoot at the super bowl but look to next year and you'll see that Gaither becomes a free agent as well as Ngata. So why tie up 20 million in guaranteed money to an above average center who thinks he's a guard? As Parcells once said "Paying a play more doesn't make him a better player"

Anonymous said...

People hate to admit it, but the Ravens do have a salary cap problem this year. It stems from making deals like Willis McGaghee and Steve McNair. When you gamble on big name players, because you think you are going to make a run at the Super Bowl in any given year, then there s a Day of Reckoning that you have to eventually face. The Ravens have to learn to smooth out their contracts and limit their high flying contracts to one or two players. That is why the Steelers are such competitors. They don't have these ups and downs in their cap space. They let key players walk. They only pay 1 or 2 really high salaries and because they are never in salary cap hell, they have loads of money to lock up additional players early at a reduced price. Until we adopt that cycle, I look for the Ravens to lose players. They can start on the right track now, by not paying ridiculous money to Ray Lewis, an aging 33 almost 34 year old linebacker who at the most only has one or two decent years left. We can only sign one of the three key free agents and I prefer it be either Jason or Bart. Let's get younger!!

Anonymous said...

Let's see - Matt Birk versus Jason Brown? Ozzie should have signed Brown early and paid him guard money before he moved him to center? Now that would have benn brilliant.Hmmmm.

Maybe the writer was wrong and Ozzie played his cards perfectly?

Happy Slappy said...

Hey Anonymous, I think you are putting words into the writer's mouth. Don't be such a slapd*&k!