Baltimore Ravens have made the expected decision to try and persuade cornerback Lardarius Webb to take a pay cut.
Webb has been a strong performer for the Ravens in the last six seasons, but staying another year in Baltimore would mean a cap hit of $12 million for the AFC North team – something John Harbaugh and co simply doesn’t want to finance.
One of Baltimore’s key defensive components and a dominant player throughout his career so far, Webb is certainly not surplus to requirements in Baltimore. Rather, the Ravens just feel that the $8 million he is due to earn in 2015 – the fourth season of his sixth year deal signed in 2012 – isn’t value for money anymore. As such, NFL.com reported on Tuesday that the team had requested that Webb take a pay cut.
Time for a pay cut
“The Baltimore Ravens are asking Lardarius Webb to take a pay cut. In an expected move, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Ravens have approached the veteran cornerback about a reduction of his 2015 salary,” NFL.com reported on Tuesday. “Webb is scheduled to earn $8 million in the fourth year of a six-year deal signed in 2012. Rapoport reports it's unclear what Webb will decide.”
Most players in the same situation wouldn’t take the cut. Baltimore signed the deal and they knew what they were letting themselves in for. However, should Webb not sign a smaller deal he risks the threat of Baltimore simply cutting him altogether. But further reports suggest that this could be a tricky plan for the Ravens should they choose to go down that route.
“The Ravens won't have an obvious decision if Webb rejects the request,” NFL.com added. “Webb carries a hefty $12 million cap hit for the 2015 season -- the third-highest figure on the team -- though the Ravens would save just $2 million in cap space if they release him before June 1.”
Webb had an injury-disrupted 2014 season and right now it’s highly likely than the Ravens feel his cost far outweighs his production. Don’t be surprised if Baltimore cuts Webb should he not take a pay cut.