Ravens not optimistic they can keep Torrey Smith-- Tue Feb 24 6:00 pm --
Deep threat likely to move on in free agency
The Ravens expressed pessimism about retaining their best deep threat (Torrey Smith) two weeks before the start of free agency. It almost sounded as if the Ravens have conceded Smith will sign elsewhere. "The difference between what we can pay Torrey and what he gets on the open market ... Mike Wallace got $10 million [actually, $11 million signing bonus from the Miami Dolphins] and I don't think anybody thinks that was a good deal," Bisciotti said Tuesday at the "State of the Ravens'" press conference. "There's always a team that has lots of money that wants to bring in playmakers. Those guys are going to get those deals. I think we're going to have to take it on the chin and move on." (ESPN)
FF Today's Take:It's a telling quote from Ravens' owner Steve Bisciotti. The Ravens are up against the cap and likely can't match what Smith will get on the open market. You might be surprised to know that Smith is coming off a career high in fantasy points scored (standard scoring leagues) even though he only registered 49 catches and 767 yards. He saved his season by scoring 11 TDs.
Wallace sits the second half, didn't want to play-- Sun Dec 28 7:00 pm --
Dolphins wideout aggravates teammates
After Mike Wallace sat out the second half, multiple reports noted that Wallace had been benched by the coaching staff. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington, though, was told by several team sources that the pass-catcher wasn't just "benched," but pulled himself from the contest. After Dolphins tight end Charles Clay scored a touchdown with 43 seconds left in the half, Wallace came off the field and told coach Joe Philbin that he no longer wanted to play, per Darlington.(NFL.com)
FF Today's Take:An odd way to end the season for Wallace and Miami. There's been no explanation as to why Wallace didn't want to play or what issue led him to removing himself from the game. His diva actions may lead management to rethink his status with the team. Wallace is in the middle of a five-year $60 million deal through 2017 and is owed $9.8 million next season.
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