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08:04 AM ET 02.07 | Forgive Ravens fans for feeling as if their team should have played Sunday, but, if the team returns with title hopes in 2012, it may do so with a different look. In previous years there were roster spots for veterans that were considered safe, but that's not the case headed into 2012. At least not after last year when the Ravens cut key veterans including tight end Todd Heap, receiver Derrick Mason, defensive tackle Kelly Gregg and running back Willis McGahee. McGahee was expected to get waived because teams don't pay back up running backs $6 million, but there aren't as many obvious salary cap casualties this year. The Ravens have 13 unrestricted free agents and four restricted.

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February 7, 2012  08:44 AM ET

Cap problems, whether to keep aging veterans, free agents, all teams have these problems , not just the Ravens.

February 7, 2012  08:46 AM ET

They came within a shot of Stick'Em of making the Superbowl, too. The Ravens are like the Colts a few years back: always right there but never quite able to get over the hump.

February 7, 2012  08:51 AM ET

Another QB would help... maybe they could sign Peyton.

February 7, 2012  08:59 AM ET

I still think their kicker should paint his toe nails too. couldn't hurt.

February 7, 2012  09:02 AM ET

looks like the Steelers hired Todd Haley as OC.

February 7, 2012  09:02 AM ET

Something tells me that there won't be that many changes to the Ravens next year.

February 7, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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I still think their kicker should paint his toe nails too. couldn't hurt.

That's one way to get on with the NY Jest.

February 7, 2012  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Another QB would help... maybe they could sign Peyton.

Ravens are fine with Flacco. It wasn't Flacco's fault they were an inch short of making the Superbowl.

February 7, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I still think their kicker should paint his toe nails too. couldn't hurt.

Kicker is fine. I'd keep him anytime. Game is played 60 minutes not 18 seconds.

February 7, 2012  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Something tells me that there won't be that many changes to the Ravens next year.

Just like your Steelers - Ravens do a good job of next man up. They will do just fine. After all, 4 straight play off appearances with two afc championship trips.

February 7, 2012  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Another QB would help... maybe they could sign Peyton.

Give it some time... we're bound to see a thread for that before long.

February 7, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

looks like the Steelers hired Todd Haley as OC.

That could make for some interesting sideline coverage... Haley plays so well with others.

February 7, 2012  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

looks like the Steelers hired Todd Haley as OC.

That's a good hire for them.

February 7, 2012  10:03 AM ET

They did not even mention the problem of what Plan B Reed and Lewis have to decide upon for their health care.

February 7, 2012  10:10 AM ET

Ozzie seems to know what he is doing.

February 7, 2012  10:12 AM ET

Ozzie seems to know what he is doing.

February 7, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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They did not even mention the problem of what Plan B Reed and Lewis have to decide upon for their health care.

Meh! Don't get me wrong, Reed will be missed but we got two fine corners to make up for his departure. I'm more worried of Lewis' replacement. Then again, the offense is evolving.

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February 7, 2012  10:34 AM ET
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It's those damn Patriots that kept getting in the way of the Ravens and Colts. <ignores last Sunday and initiates 2012-2013 annoying pats fan behavior>

And they should be better next year.

 
February 7, 2012  10:37 AM ET
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Ravens are fine with Flacco. It wasn't Flacco's fault they were an inch short of making the Superbowl.

Average QB = no SB's.

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