This week, the Baltimore Ravens blog will look at potential salary-cap casualties on the team and give a prediction on what will happen.
P SAM KOCH
2015 salary-cap number: $3.1 million (15th on Ravens)
2015 base salary: $2.5 million
Cap savings if cut: $2.5 million
Why the Ravens should keep Koch: Maybe because he's one of the best punters in the NFL. Last season, Koch was the only punter to rank in the top three in both gross and net punting average. His net punting average (43.3) led the NFL in 2014 and ranked fourth best in league history. Since 2006, Koch's 251 punts inside the 20-yard line rank fourth in the NFL. He's also the Ravens' iron man, having never missed a game in his nine-year NFL career. His streak of 144 straight games played is the longest in franchise history.
Why the Ravens should cut Koch: Some would say a $3.1 million cap hit is too much for a punter. Koch is one of five players who can give the Ravens at least $2 million in cap room if cut, and the Ravens are going to need all of the cap space they can get if they want to sign some free agents. Releasing Koch would free up $2.5 million in cap space.
Predicted outcome: Ravens keep Koch. While some may disagree, I don't believe Koch is in any danger of getting cut. His $3.1 million cap hit and $2.5 million base salary both rank seventh in the NFL among punters. Based on that, the Ravens are getting good value for Koch. If any move is going to be made, it's likely an extension for Koch that could open up $1 million in cap room. It's not easy to find consistent punters. Only one first- or second-year punter ranked in the top 10 in gross average in 2014. And, if there was any doubt how much the Ravens liked Koch, remember that special-teams coach Jerry Rosburg went on a 573-word rant in December about how Koch was snubbed for the Pro Bowl.