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Ravens release cornerback Victor Hampton

The Ravens released cornerback Victor Hampton on Monday, just a day after learning of his arrest on driving while impaired charges over the weekend in North Carolina.

Hampton, 22, was signed to a reserve-future contract in January, but he's now gone without even making it to a practice with the team. 

It marks the second time this offseason that the Ravens have dropped a player for off-the-field issues. The Ravens released nose tackle Terrence Cody, who was going to be a free agent anyway, after learning that the veteran was under investigation for animal cruelty.

After five players were arrested last offseason, team officials talked about having less tolerance for player misconduct off the field.

Hampton was arrested early Saturday morning in Charlotte after his Camaro convertible was clocked going 100 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone on I-77, according to master trooper John Burgin of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Burgin said that tests revealed that Hampton had...

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NFL sets salary cap limit at $143.28 million, Ravens have $3.889 million available

The NFL has established a salary cap limit of $143.28 million, an increase of $10 million from a year ago.

The Ravens needed the salary cap to rise. They remain in a relatively tight financial situation with $3.889 million available.

The Ravens' cap total also includes a negative adjustment of $3.94 million due to several players triggering incentive clauses. That doesn't include achieved workout bonuses, which will be factored in later. It includes $5.791 million carried over from last season.

The Ravens are still attempting to restructure the contracts of veteran defensive tackle Haloti Ngata $16 million) and cornerback Lardarius Webb ($12 million).

The Ravens saved $2.66 million from terminating defensive end Chris Canty's three-year, $8 million contract and $750,00 by terminating wide receiver-kick returner Jacoby Jones' four-year, $12 million contract.

The incentive adjustments include outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil ($1 million, one-time incentive clause for sacks, an escalator...

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Jacoby Jones visiting Bengals, Titans up next, source says

Former Ravens wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones could be staying in the AFC North division. Jones is visiting the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, according to a source.

The Tennessee Titans are Jones' next scheduled visit, the source said.

Jones' four-year, $12 million contract was terminated last week by the Ravens, saving them $750,000 against the salary cap.

Team officials and teammates said they anticipated the 2012 Pro Bowl selection would be released despite his past success with the team. Jones, 30, became much less reliable last season in terms of ball security, fumbling four times and losing two.

However, Jones also scored two touchdowns in the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Jones’ legacy with the Ravens includes the so-called “Mile-High Miracle” in which he tied a 2013 AFC divisional-round playoff win over the Denver Broncos. That score, on which Jones ran past Broncos free safety Rahim Moore, led to the Ravens winning the game in overtime...

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Torrey Smith's market could be affected by 'tag' day

The Ravens aren’t expected to use the franchise tag before today’s 4 p.m. deadline. They don’t have any logical candidates for the tag and their tight salary cap situation would make such a move prohibitive.

That figures to change next year when the Ravens group of unrestricted free agents could include starting guards Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele, cornerback Jimmy Smith and kicker Justin Tucker.

A lot could happen before the Ravens have to worry about such matters.

Meanwhile, wide receivers Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys) and Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos) will reportedly been given the franchise tag today. Outside linebackers/defensive ends Justin Houston (Kansas City Chiefs) and Jason Pierre-Paul (New York Giants) are also expected to be tagged.

Those moves might not mean a lot directly for the Ravens, but they certainly could affect the markets for two of the Ravens’ primary unrestricted free agents: wide receiver Torrey Smith...

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Make no mistake, losing Haloti Ngata would be setback for Ravens

At some point soon, probably within the next week, the Ravens will have to make a difficult decision on the future of standout defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

Bringing Ngata back under his current contract, when he’d take up $16 million of cap space, just isn’t realistic, not with the Ravens other needs.

That leaves them with two options: Sign the five-time Pro Bowl selection to a contract extension that will provide immediate salary cap relief and increase the likelihood that Ngata spends his whole career as a Raven; or release him, opening up a ton of a cap space along with a gaping hole in the middle of their defense.

Option one is preferable for both sides. The Ravens still view the 31-year-old as one of the top players in the NFL at his position, and one of the keys to maintaining a dominant run defense. Ngata, meanwhile, has said that he’d love to play his entire career in Baltimore, following in the footsteps of his close friend, Terrell Suggs, who signed a contract extension...

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Ravens CB Victor Hampton, signed by team in January, arrested for DWI

Ravens cornerback Victor Hampton, who was signed to a reserve-future contract in January, was arrested Saturday in North Carolina and charged with driving while impaired.

Hampton was stopped by police after being clocked driving a Camaro convertible 100 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone on Interstate 77 in Charlotte, according to master trooper John Burgin of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Hampton, 22, also was charged with speeding, reckless driving to endanger and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. Two passengers in Hampton’s vehicle were arrested after police officers saw them trying to hide firearms under the passenger seat, Burgin said. The weapons were retrieved and secured.

Jamal Cadet and Maurice Thomas, both of Charlotte, were charged with carrying concealed weapons, having an open container and carrying a weapon after consuming alcohol.

Hampton had a 0.10 blood-alcohol level, Burgin said. The legal limit in North Carolina is 0.08. After being booked...

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