PLEASE NOTE: The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.
As Ben Grubbs cleaned out his locker Monday morning following the Ravens’ loss to New England, he tried to enjoy the moment with his teammates as much as possible.
He realized it could be his last time in the Ravens locker room.
“I’m just trying to soak up everything right now and just take in the moment, and not worry about what’s going to happen in the future,” Grubbs said.
The Pro Bowl left guard is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and his future in Baltimore is up in the air.
“I still have faith in whatever happens will be in God’s plans,” Grubbs said. “I have a great agent and I put all my trust in him that he’s going to put me in the best position and we’ll go from there.
His five-year rookie contract expires at the end of the league year in March and he could be in line for a deal on the free-agent market that is larger than the Ravens are willing to pay. Baltimore signed right guard Marshal Yanda to a reported five-year deal for $36 million just before last season, and it’s unclear if they will pay that kind of money to another lineman in back-to-back seasons.
“There’s so many different factors that plays a part in contracts and I understand it’s a business, and I understand that things happen,” Grubbs said. “People are here today and gone tomorrow.”
Grubbs was a leader on the offensive line this year, getting selected as a Pro Bowl alternate despite missing six games due to a toe injury.
At times, he was arguably the Ravens top offensive lineman and was a big part of the reason running back Ray Rice was able to rush for a career-high 1,364 yards. In the six games without Grubbs, Rice averaged 63.6 rushing yards per game. He averaged 89.1 rushing yards per game in the 11 games with Grubbs.
“All I can think of is just all of the work that was put into the season,” Grubbs said. “Everybody in this locker room has their story. I certainly have my story with missing six games, then coming back and being in this position that we were in last night, knocking on the door of the Super Bowl. It’s just tough not getting there.”
The feeling of getting knocked out of the playoffs “hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Grubbs said, and now he heads into the offseason uncertain about whether he will return to Baltimore next season.
“If a new chapter opens up for me, I have faith it’s going to be a good one,” Grubbs said. “I’ll go from there.”