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August 30, 2010
Don't hold your breath Peter Schmuck Baltimore Sun In a perfect world, every major league team would have the same ability to sign free agents and there would be enough economic balance to force more quality players into markets that are less attractive than New York and Los Angeles. In that same perfect world, every team would then sink or swim on the quality of its management and the smaller-market teams would live happily ever after. In the real world, the Major League Baseball Players Association already won this battle.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
The relationship that has persisted for over a decade was in danger of coming to an end. However, the more the Ravens and Terrell Suggs pondered their options this offseason, they kept coming back to the same conclusion. Suggs and the Ravens still needed each other. The Ravens couldn't afford to lose another team leader and defensive standout. Suggs, 31, would have options either way, but none of them appealed to him more than his current situation. The official compromise came Monday in the form of a four-year, $28.5 million contract extension that gave both sides exactly what they wanted and checked off one of the major items on the Ravens' offseason to-do list.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2013
Ravens veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin bullied defensive backs during the NFL playoffs, emerging as a Super Bowl XLVII hero. Now, he's in danger of losing his job. The Ravens are attempting to lower the $6 million salary of the three-time Pro Bowl selection, and it could lead to his release by the start of the free agent signing period Tuesday if talks continue to be unsuccessful, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation....
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2014
The Ravens have maintained an expensive tradition of rewarding their top players with contracts that approach or exceed the gold standard as the highest in the NFL. Besides quarterback Joe Flacco's blockbuster $120.6 million contract signed in March that included $51 million guaranteed, the Ravens have reached deep into owner Steve Bisciotti's coffers to sign several other standout players to lucrative deals. That includes nose tackle Haloti Ngata's $61 million contract, with $35 million guaranteed; rush linebacker Terrell Suggs' $62.5 million contract, with $37.1 million guaranteed; and running back Ray Rice's $35 million deal, with $22 million guaranteed.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | September 4, 1998
A year ago, the New England Patriots, facing a salary-cap squeeze, decided not to give running back Curtis Martin a long-term contract.They let him play his third season for $247,900 and he became a restricted free agent at the end of the year.The New York Jets then enticed him with a six-year, $36 million deal that the Patriots decided not to match.The Patriots received first- and third-round draft picks for Martin, but scrambled to find a running game during this preseason.Facing a similar situation this year with linebacker Ted Johnson, they took the opposite tack.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2013
Quarterback Joe Flacco climbed to a new financial stratosphere when the Ravens made him the highest paid player in NFL history with a $120.6 million contract. Flacco received a $29 million signing bonus and is due option bonuses of $15 million in 2014 and $7 million in 2015 in the deal he signed Monday. He also emerged as a partner of sorts with the Super Bowl champions, joining a small fraternity of quarterbacks whose performance and salary-cap figures are pivotal to the health of their respective franchises.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2012
The Ravens created some breathing room under the NFL salary cap limit when they signed Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice to a five-year, $40 million maximum value deal that included a $15 million signing bonus. Instead of carrying a $7.742 million franchise tender for Rice, he now counts for just $5 million against the salary cap for this fiscal year. Including the accounting for the Rice deal, the Ravens have $3.123 million in cap space available. Yes, that's enough to fit in a deal for quarterback Joe Flacco, which is actively being haggled over between agent Joe Linta and Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty, with no deal imminent at this time.
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By Matt Vensel | October 28, 2011
In late July, the Ravens released four veterans who had played critical roles for the team in years past. To clear salary cap space, the Ravens said sayonara to Todd Heap, Derrick Mason, Kelly Gregg and Willis McGahee. Heap returns to Baltimore on Sunday as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, but he might be sporting street clothes at M&T Bank Stadium. After catches 13 passes in the team's first four games, he has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Heap's primary heir apparent, Ed Dickson, has 22 receptions in six games.
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By Ken Murray | ken.murray@baltsun.com | February 4, 2010
Team owner Steve Bisciotti was strikingly candid, general manager Ozzie Newsome subtly expansive and coach John Harbaugh predictably consistent at the "State of the Ravens" news conference Wednesday. Here are the bullet points: • Time to shine: Bisciotti isn't daunted by the uncapped season the NFL is about to enter. In fact, he's almost ebullient about the prospect. "I don't see it hampering us in our ability to do things," he said, indicating that he expects the roster to stay pretty much intact.
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By Mark Hyman and Mark Hyman,Sun Staff Writer | June 12, 1994
The owners want sweeping changes. The players want nothing to change.The owners say they want to save baseball from financial ruin and preserve the delicate competitive balance that allows Milwaukee to beat New York and Pittsburgh to clobber Los Angeles.The players say baseball has never been more balanced, and the owners know it.The owners say they don't want a fight, but will defend their interests if they have to.The players say much the same.Welcome to baseball's labor squabble for 1994.
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Mike Preston | December 9, 2013
Former head coach turned NBC commentator Tony Dungy was sitting in the studio and acted as if he'd just unleashed the secret of the NFL season when he said the chink in the Denver Broncos' armor was their defense. Dungy's colleague Rodney Harrison snickered, then quickly mentioned that the Ravens were playing good defense. He apparently didn't see Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, or taking too many blows to the head when he played was finally starting to have an effect.
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By Aaron Wilson and Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
The Ravens have cut veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley and have re-signed veteran tight end Billy Bajema. Stokley's release is a good indication that Jacoby Jones (knee), Marlon Brown (hamstring) and Deonte Thompson (concussion) are nearing a return. The veteran wide receiver, a member of the Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV championship team, had been dealing with a groin injury and didn't play in the Ravens' 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills last Sunday. Stokley didn't practice Friday and was listed as questionable on the injury report.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
The mass exodus from the Ravens roster after their Super Bowl victory was triggered by familiar culprits. The age of key veterans and a lack of salary cap space forced the Ravens into bargain-hunting mode as they overhauled a championship squad. A similar scenario probably will unfold after this season because of contractual commitments to six prominent starters. The salary cap figures for defensive tackle Haloti Ngata ($16 million), quarterback Joe Flacco ($14.8 million)
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
The reality of the Ravens' salary cap situation and post Super Bowl XLVII world hit coach John Harbaugh early last week. With the Ravens failing to convince wide receiver Anquan Boldin to take a pay cut and not willing to carry his $6 million salary cap hit, Harbaugh knew exactly who to call. “Heck yes,” his brother, Jim, the coach of San Francisco 49ers, said when asked if he was interested in acquiring Boldin, a player that they struggled to stop a month earlier in the Super Bowl.
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March 13, 2013
This business about the Ravens' salary cap is way beyond my comprehension ("Raven's tight salary cap could squeeze out playoff star Anquan Boldin if he doesn't accept less pay," March 10). But I know one thing: The more money one player receives, the less there is for the others. So I have a suggestion for Joe Flacco and his agent: Now that their record salary deal assures Mr. Flacco of the "respect I deserve," perhaps he can see fit to donate some of his millions to the team salary pool in order to help retain the many players who were absolutely key to the Ravens' victories in the playoffs and the Super Bowl . To ask players like Anquan Boldin to take a cut in pay after what he and others did for the team defies all logic and fairness.
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Sports Digest | March 12, 2013
Redskins Corner Hall released; Carriker's deal redone     Forced to make moves to get below the NFL-mandated salary cap of $123 million, the Washington Redskins released cornerback DeAngelo Hall , restructured defensive end Adam Carriker 's deal and were in the process of negotiating several other contract revisions Monday. The team had to be under the cap by 4 p.m. today, which marks the start of the new league year and free agency. Washington entered this past weekend roughly $3 million over the cap but still re-signed starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger (an impending unrestricted free agent)
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By Sam Pizzigati | November 9, 1994
Washington -- BE CAREFUL what you wish for, goes the adage. You may get it.The owners of major-league baseball want a salary cap -- on the ballplayers. The players refused, so for the first time in nearly a century there was no World Series.But this issue could spark America's rediscovery of an idea that once stirred the souls of millions: an income cap on everyone.Today, of course, it's hard to imagine red-blooded Americans clamoring to limit the income of the extremely wealthy. But clamor they did.In fact, the movement to cap income started about the same time as the National League.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2011
The city of Baltimore received a sobering reminder about the business side of professional football Monday when veterans Derrick Mason, Todd Heap, Willis McGahee and Kelly Gregg were informed by the Ravens that the team has decided to release them from their contracts. The official announcement that NFL owners and the NFL players association had come to an agreement to end the lockout had barely sunk in when Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome issued a statement that outlined the team's plans to move quickly to create room to maneuver financially.
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Mike Preston | March 11, 2013
As soon as the Super Bowl ended and quarterback Joe Flacco signed a long term contract, the real business was going to begin as far as reshaping the Ravens. Several of the team's big name free agents were going to ask for more money, and there wasn't going to be a lot to give. The latest is Dannell Ellerbe, the best inside linebacker in free agency. There is no doubt that the Ravens want him back, but at what price? Ellerbe wants a $25 to $30 million contract worth about $6 million per season, and the Ravens want to pay about $5 million a year.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2013
Ravens veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin bullied defensive backs during the NFL playoffs, emerging as a Super Bowl XLVII hero. Now, he's in danger of losing his job. The Ravens are attempting to lower the $6 million salary of the three-time Pro Bowl selection, and it could lead to his release by the start of the free agent signing period Tuesday if talks continue to be unsuccessful, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation....
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