With Pitta recovering from a dislocated, fractured right hip that required surgery and Dickson now the starter, only one is likely to be back after this season.
Corry predicted that Arthur Jones likely will leave one year after a breakthrough season, and Smith could become expensive if he has a resurgent season.
"Re-signing Jones is a long shot," Corry said. "Smith is in a 16-game audition. How do you sign him with no cap room?"
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The Ravens are not in contract talks with Oher. Preliminary discussions last year went nowhere. The Ravens could save some money, since Oher is a right tackle, which would make him cheaper than a left tackle.
"It's a 50-50 proposition whether Oher comes back, depending on what kind of year he has," Corry said. "To be determined."
Plus, former University of Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith will be eligible for a contract extension for the first time after this season three years into his rookie deal as he becomes the top receiver with Boldin gone.
"What if Torrey breaks out and wants Mike Wallace money like $60 million" Corry said. "That could be tough to manage."
However, a former NFL executive expressed confidence in the Ravens' ability to navigate through choppy financial waters.
"The Ravens have always done a good job setting priorities and principles in building their team and not changing course due to the emotion or impulse of the moment," former Green Bay Packers vice president Andrew Brandt said. "Like all good teams, they're willing to move on from popular players and make unpopular decisions for the greater good of the team. Ozzie sets a nice course, and Pat Moriarty does a good job executing it on the financial side. They'll be fine."
Ravens' 2014 salary cap
The Ravens have 51 contracts and salary cap charges for a total of $122.831 million for the 2014 fiscal year under NFL accounting systems. The current NFL limit is $123 million, with only a gradual increase expected. Six players count for a combined total of $70.9 million against the salary cap for 2014. Here's a look at those players' salary cap figures and base salaries:
|NT Haloti Ngata||$16M||$8.5M|
|QB Joe Flacco||$14.8M||$6M|
|LB Terrell Suggs||$12.4M||$7.8M|
|CB Lardarius Webb||$10.5M||$7.5M|
|RB Ray Rice||$8.75M||$4M|
|G Marshal Yanda||$8.45M||$5.5M|