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Jamison Hensley, ESPN
The biggest misconception about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is his contract and how it impacts the team’s ability to sign free agents.
Flacco, who signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract last year, actually has manageable salary cap numbers for this year and 2015. His $14.8 million cap number isn’t the highest on the team. It ranks behind defensive tackle Haloti Ngata’s $16 million cap number.
Jamison Hensley, ESPN
The Baltimore Ravens now have $6.971 million in salary cap room, according to information provided by ESPN Stats & Information.
The Ravens increased their cap room to that amount after lowering center Jeremy Zuttah’s cap number to $1.7 million. Zuttah signed a five-year, $18 million deal after getting traded to the Ravens.
The Ravens’ cap space ranks in the middle of the NFL. There are 12 teams that have less cap room than the Ravens.
The Pittsburgh Steelers ($1.1 million), Detroit Lions ($1.3 million) and New Orleans Saints ($1.7 million) have the fewest amount of cap room. The Cleveland Browns ($31 million), New York Jets ($26.9 million) and Jacksonville Jaguars ($25.2 million) have the most.
John Eisenberg, Baltimore Ravens
In early January, as the Ravens’ offseason began, a bit sooner than they wanted, GM Ozzie Newsome was asked what the team needed going forward. He listed these priorities – a wide receiver who could move the chains; an athletic free safety; getting bigger in the interior of the offensive line.
A lot has happened since then. Newsome has added some guys and let others go, the majority of the moves coming since free agency started last month. Reviews of his maneuverings have been positive. But while some of his priorities have been addressed, others remain.
Sarah Ellison, Baltimore Ravens
How much steam does receiver Steve Smith, Sr. have left in those 35-year-old legs?
That’s been the debated question since the Ravens signed him to a three-year deal last month. After all, he’s been through 13 grueling NFL seasons and churned out more than 12,000 yards.
Oddsmakers are a pretty good source to turn to for predictions, given their affinity for winning money. And it turns out, those oddsmakers are expecting Smith to have a rather big year.
Sportsbook and betting website Bovada set the over/under on Smith’s total receiving yards at 950 ½.
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