Ravens Brass Heading To CBA Meeting

Baltimore could be voting on a new CBA and quickly learning all the changes.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Ravens brass will be heading to the owners meeting in Atlanta on Thursday for what reports indicate could include a vote on a new collective bargaining agreement and debriefing on the rules.
Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti and Team President Dick Cass will represent Baltimore when owners vote on the CBA, Cass confirmed.
If a deal is ratified, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Vice President of Football Administration Pat Moriarty and Executive Assistant/Football Administration Manager Jessica Markison will join Cass at a separate seminar, a mere 90 minutes after the vote, to be debriefed on the new CBA rules.
There will be much to learn in regards to the new CBA , which is expected to include new salary cap restrictions, free agency rules, rookie wage scales and tons of legalese.  And it will have to be grasped in a very short time.
With the NFL and teams looking to get in gear as soon as possible, the Ravens will be putting in late hours learning the new procedures.
The pace back in the Ravens’ Owings Mills, Md., facility will be frantic as well.
With training camp rosters set to expand to 90 players, according to reports, the usual scamper for rookie free agents executed by the Ravens’ scouting department and coaches will be even more intense.
Once those rookies are secured, signing the team’s drafted rookies and free agents will be next on the docket.
Signing rookies could be easier than in years past with a new rookie wage scale. According to ESPN, there will be a 72-hour window for teams to try to re-sign their own free agents, meaning free agency would open July 25 if the deal is done by Thursday.
The Ravens’ front office, while not having dealt with these unique circumstances, has gone through the adaptation of a new CBA before. The expired CBA, which was forged in 1993, was amended in 1998 and 2006.
Widely regarded as one of the best front offices in the NFL, the Ravens will be ready for the lockout if it ends Thursday.

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