The Baltimore Ravens pulled off a miracle during the 2012 NFL season and postseason run to the Super Bowl. The Ravens were basically written off in the final weeks of the regular season after firing offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and almost letting the AFC North division title slip through their fingers.
Despite the late-season collapse, Baltimore was able to bounce back once finally in the postseason by getting the best of the up-and-coming Indianapolis Colts right out of the gate. After having knocked out Andrew Luck and company, the Ravens had the incredibly tough task of taking down Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos in the Mile High City.
Although big underdogs, John Harbaugh’s squad was able to come out on top and accomplish the same feat against the New England Patriots a week later at Gillette Stadium.
Two weeks after pulling off the upset over the Patriots, the resurgent Ravens had one more win left in them and as a result got the best of Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.
Once the Super Bowl was in the books and Lewis walked off into the sunset, the team was faced with some tough choices heading into the off-season. The toughest of which may be what to do with veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin who may ultimately become a salary-cap casualty. The Ravens still haven’t decided what to do with Boldin according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun:
There has been no movement yet toward restructuring wide receiver Anquan Boldin’s $6 million base salary, according to a league source.
Boldin has been mentioned as a potential salary-cap casualty because of his $7.531 million 2013 salary-cap figure, the final year of his $28 million contract signed March 8, 2010 that included $8 million in guaranteed money.
Boldin has made it abundantly clear heading into the off-season that if the Ravens ultimately decide to release him that he’ll retire rather than signing with another team. This stance basically forces the Ravens franchise into a corner, but doesn’t mean the team still won’t cut him at some point during the off-season.