Ravens not part of owners meetings firestorm

Talk of bounties, cap penalities expected to dominate meetings

March 26, 2012|By Jeff Zrebiec

The Ravens are expected to be relatively quiet at this week's owners meetings at the posh Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., and that's almost certainly a good thing.

That's because these meetings will be dominated by talk of the fallout of Bountygate with the New Orleans Saints, along with continued dialogue about the salary cap penalities leveled against the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.

I arrived at the media room about 45 minutes ago and there is already a full-fledged media stakeout outside awaiting the arrival of Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will also be speaking at a news conference later today, and I can't imagine the question-and-answer session will stray too far from the subjects of bounty and salary cap issues. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is also expected to speak to the media today, which should be interesting as always.

The potential rule changes up for vote include using the overtime rule in the posteason -- both teams need to have an offensive possession if the receiving team kicks a field goal on the first possession of overtime -- throughout the regular season, and removing the on-field referees from the review process.  

As for the Ravens, owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass, general manager Ozzie Newsome, director of player personnel Eric DeCosta, vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty, vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne and coach John Harbaugh are all in attendance.

I'll pass along any comments that Bisciotti may have, and Harbaugh is scheduled to talk with reporters tomorrow morning.  

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