"We have a franchise quarterback; he's going to get franchise money," Bisciotti told reporters last week before to the Super Bowl. "That franchise money thing is about as hard to define as the word 'elite,' which we've had to dissect a hundred different ways. We've got our quarterback for the next 10 years and we're going to ride Joe. So I find myself very optimistic about this."
NOTES: Traditionally, the Super Bowl champion hosts the opening game of the following season. That will hold true for the Ravens in what's expected to be a high-profile matchup in a Thursday night game Sept. 5 at M&T Bank Stadium. The league typically announces the opponent during the annual owners meetings. Those meetings will be held March 17 to March 20 in Phoenix. The top candidates for the Ravens, based on rivalries, quality of opponent and fan interest, are the New England Patriots, followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers. ... The Ravens have signed the following former practice squad players to their offseason roster: linebackers D.J. Bryant (Randallstown) and Nigel Carr, offensive linemen Antoine McClain and Jack Cornell, and tight end Alex Silvestro.