Off To The Owners Meetings

Ravens brass are headed to Palm Beach to get the league news.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, March 25th, 2012 at 11:56 am | Categories: 2012 Offseason, Ryan Mink

Last year, the NFL owners meetings were highly anticipated considering the league was in a lockout.

This year, the storylines may be less dramatic.

Still, there will still be interesting news to come out of the meetings and the Ravens are sending their top-level officials.

Ravens representatives will include Owner Steve Bisciotti, President Dick Cass, General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta, Vice President of Football Administration Pat Moriarty and Senior Vice President of Public and Community Relations Kevin Byrne.

The meetings kick off Sunday in Palm Beach, Fla. with a speech from former President Bill Clinton. Roger Goodell will follow him up, giving a state of the league address to owners.

Generally, only two members from each team participate in the high-level league discussions, which can center around financials, competitive balance and other major league matters. This year, “Bountygate” could be a topic, for example.

Bisciotti and Cass are the Ravens’ top representatives in such meetings.

On Monday, compensatory picks are expected to be announced. Picks are handed out based on how many free agents a team lost during the previous season (and how much playing time they saw), versus how many free agents the team brought on.

Newsome is one of the eight-member Competition Committee, which proposed seven rule changes this year. Most notably, the committee has recommended extending the overtime rules and altering instant replay. Owners will vote to approve/reject the changes Wednesday.

Harbaugh is part of the five-member competition subcommittee. He was asked to join by chairman John Madden in 2010 and is part of making rule change recommendations to the competition committee.

Harbaugh and the rest of the AFC coaches will speak with reporters Tuesday morning. NFC coaches will speak to the media on Wednesday, along with Goodell. BaltimoreRavens.com is also anticipating a one-on-one interview with Bisciotti.

There is not any Ravens-specific business handled in Palm Beach. However, Harbaugh and Bisciotti will certainly be making headlines, along with the other league news, so stay tuned.

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