About the same time Gov. Martin O'Malley was busy delivering his , reporters gathered in Owings Mills for a different yearly status meeting.
The State of the Ravens, where coach John Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome, team president Dick Cass and owner Steve Bisciotti annually speak about the past season and look toward the future, was punctuated by a rabid defense of quarterback Joe Flacco, a Baltimore Sun columnist wrote.
Flacco will almost surely be signed to a long-term contract this offseason, despite having a year remaining on his rookie contract. Running back and , meanwhile, seems destined to receive the Franchise Player designation, ESPN's AFC North Blog reported.
The Franchise tag would give Rice a one-year contract at the average salary of the five highest-paid running backs in the NFL.
On another note, Bisciotti said it was tough for him to take part in the decision to from McDaniel College in Westminster to Ravens headquarters in Owings Mills, the Carroll County Times reported. The team is still exploring ways to make the team accessible to fans during camp.
A number of other issues were discussed Wednesday as well, according to media members in attendance:
- Bisciotti had an interesting take on how to ultimately replace aging linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed, both future Hall of Famers, according to CSNWashington.
- Newsome, the team's longtime general manager and draft guru, will not retire, the Annapolis Capital reported.
- It will be tough for the Ravens to re-sign Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs, CBS Sports reported.
- The Ravens assume Reed will return next season despite nagging injuries, Sports Illustrated reported.