Even with the Flacco's cap-friendly number, however, it's "really practically impossible" that the Ravens will use the franchise tag on Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe or Ed Reed by Monday afternoon's deadline, salary-cap expert Joel Corry tells the Baltimore Sun. "The Ravens wouldn't be able to tender their restricted free agents and sign Flacco and accommodate a franchise tag. They just don't have the cap room."
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The top priority appears to be re-signing Ellerbe, who was viewed by at least one source as the Ravens' best defensive player last season.
On the other hand, it's become evident that Kruger will be wearing another uniform as one of the top pass rushers on the open market.
According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, Kruger's contract likely will "blow past" $9 million per season and could clear $10 million annually.
Either way, the Ravens are prepared to lose Kruger and cornerback Carey Williams, NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Monday on "NFL AM."