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Adrian Amos' NFL draft diary: Chapter Twelve

Editor's note: As Penn State free safety and cornerback Adrian Amos gets ready for the NFL draft, the former Calvert Hall standout will be sharing details about his preparations with Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson. The 6-foot, 218-pound All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention selection has been projected to be taken anywhere from the third round to the fifth round by draft analysts. Amos played in the Senior Bowl and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout. Here's his 12th entry in the series:

I worked out for the Ravens, and I think I did pretty well. I went in there and talked to the coaches and showed my movement skills and how I tracked the ball. I think I showed them I can do everything on the football field as far as the defensive back position.

I can play corner or safety and I always show my corner skills and safety skills. It was pretty nice, their facilities in Owings Mills. I was very impressed. I met John Harbaugh. It was pretty cool meeting...

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Ravens' salary cap update: Team has $10.673 million available under NFL limit

The Ravens are $10.673 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $143.28 million following their four-year, $48 million contract extension for cornerback Jimmy Smith.

Smith has a $3.6 million salary cap figure for 2015 instead of his original $6.898 million fifth-year option.

The contract averages $10.275 million per year, has $21 million guaranteed and a $13 million signing bonus.

Smith has fully guaranteed base salaries of $1 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016, and nonguaranteed base salaries of $8.5 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018 and $9.5 million in 2019. His salary-cap figures are $9.6 million in 2016, $11.1 million in 2017, $11.6 million in 2018 and $12.1 million in 2019.

There's also a pending grievance filed by former Ravens safety Darian Stewart, who's now with the Denver Broncos, in a dispute over a playtime incentive. There's $80,000 being held against the salary cap while the grievance is pending.

The Ravens have enough financial flexibility to sign free agents, extend...

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NFL draft position-by-position breakdown: Tight ends

The Ravens’ insistence on taking the best player rather than targeting their biggest need adds to the shroud of mystery that annually surrounds the organization heading into the NFL draft.

While draft pundits have been consistent in projecting the Ravens to use their 26th overall pick on either a wide receiver or a cornerback, general manager Ozzie Newsome has shown that he’s not afraid to do the unexpected.

It would be foolish to dismiss the possibility that Newsome will use the pick to further bolster a position of perceived strength or even trade it to add to the team’s middle-round draft haul.

Until April 30, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, The Baltimore Sun will examine the Ravens’ depth at each position, the potential of them adding to that spot early in the draft and some of the players who they could target.

The Ravens will enter the three-day draft with 10 picks: one in each of the first, second, third and sixth rounds, and three each in the fourth and fifth rounds.

We've already...

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Ravens safety Will Hill signs his $1.542 million restricted tender, sources say

Ravens veteran safety Will Hill has signed his $1.542 million right-of-first-refusal original round tender, according to NFL sources.

A former undrafted free agent from the University of Florida, Hill didn't draw offer sheets from other NFL teams.

Hill is expected to compete with former first-round draft pick Matt Elam for the starting strong safety job.

Hill emerged as the Ravens' starting free safety after serving a six-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy for a positive drug test for marijuana. After his NFL punishment, Hill revitalized his career.

Hill had his moments, as he started eight regular-season games and two playoff games for the Ravens during the 2014 season. He had 39 tackles in the regular season, and returned an interception for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints while shadowing tight end Jimmy Graham.

Since the end of the season, New Jersey law enforcement officials in Hudson County disclosed they have an arrest warrant issued in March...

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Ravens unveil some plans for 20th season

Ravens players will wear a patch on their jerseys this season to commemorate the franchise's 20th year in Baltimore.

The logo will also appear on tickets, gameday programs and a merchandise line, according to a statement released by the team on Thursday.

The 10 best players in franchise history, as voted on by Permanent Seat License holders, will be featured on tickets for the Ravens' two preseason and eight regular-season games.

The players who will appear on tickets are: outside linebacker Peter Boulware, quarterback Joe Flacco, tight end Todd Heap, running back Jamal Lewis, linebacker Ray Lewis, tackle Jonathan Ogden, safety Ed Reed, kicker Matt Stover, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and guard Marshal Yanda.

“Except for Matt [Stover] and Marshal [Yanda] – both great stories in their own right – all of these players are first-round draft choices, and that’s something our scouts can be proud of," Ravens general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome said in a statement.

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Ravens kicker Justin Tucker signs his $2.356 million tender, sources say

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has signed his $2.356 million second-round restricted free-agent tender, according to NFL sources.

NFL teams expressed interest in Tucker, but ultimately didn't put in an offer sheet prior to Friday's league deadline due to the draft pick compensation involved.

An undrafted free agent in 2012, Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, having made 97 of 108 career field goals (89.81 percent).

Tucker has been one of the NFL's best bargains for years, playing under a three-year, $1.451 million rookie contract that didn't include a signing bonus. He would ideally like to sign a long-term contract with the Ravens, but told The Baltimore Sun during the Super Bowl that he's upbeat about the next contractual stage of his career.

Tucker was a 2013 Pro Bowl selection, has made seven game-winning field goals and kicked a franchise-record 61-yard field goal in 2013 against the Detroit Lions.

Tucker is the second-fastest kicker in NFL history to score 400 points,...

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