One Key Number Proves the Ravens Have the Best Front Office in Football

Max Staley
The Baltimore Ravens' front office has done an incredible job managing the cap.
The Baltimore Ravens' front office has done an incredible job managing the cap. / Will Newton/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens appear to be building something special. While one might naturally assume that constructing the NFL's highest-scoring offense would come with a hefty price tag, the core playmakers on this team only count for a combined $21 million against the cap.

The Ravens' attack averaged a whopping 3.3 more points per game (PPG) than the second-best offense in the NFL. And yet, the core of that unit somehow costs less than one season of Ben Roethlisberger, who carries a cap hit of $23.75 million next season.

Of course, to be fair, having an MVP-caliber quarterback with a cap hit of just over $2.5 million is probably the closest thing the NFL has to a cheat code these days.

But the Kansas City Chiefs are also benefitting from having Patrick Mahomes on his rookie deal, and they haven't managed the cap nearly as effectively as Baltimore has. In fact, Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins alone combine for a $33.5 million cap hit – about $12.5 million more than Baltimore's core group.

Clearly, the Ravens have done an excellent job building this offense, and the 2020 NFL Draft only furthered that. If Baltimore keeps making shrewd moves like this, the team will have a real shot at unseating Kansas City in 2020.

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