Reports are out that Ravens tight end Todd Heap has restructured his contract in an effort to create additional salary-cap space. The move was done in part so the Ravens can have enough set aside to place the franchise tag on LB Terrell Suggs if that is the end route of what they want to do. Earlier reports said that the team was looking into tagging Suggs instead of letting him hit the open market.
The deal with Heap will free up about $1.7 million in cap space. The 8th year TE should be able to make most of that up with a pro-rated signing bonus. It was a tough year for Heap, as the two-time Pro Bowl selection was hurt for 10 games of the seaosn with a hamstring injury. Playing in just six games, Heap had 23 receptions for 239 yards and one touchdown.
He is a main cog in the Ravens offense when he’s at or close to 100 percent, so look for the Ravens to make good with Heap, and if he can rebound off the hamstring injury, he will do just fine in their offense. The previous season when the Ravens were 13-3, Heap caught 73 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns, and the year before that caught 75 passes for 855 yards and seven TD’s.