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Ravens spent over $252 million on player salaries past two years

The Ravens were one of the highest spending teams in the NFL over the past two years on player salaries, investing a combined $252.25 million toward contracts.

The Ravens spent up to 98.54 percent against the salary cap, well above the 89-percent minimum cash spending average.

NFL teams are required to spend 89 percent against the minimum cash spending requirement between 2013 and 2017. If a team fails to do so, they have to pay the difference to the NFL Players Association and the players' union is free to distribute the money as it sees fit.

"There are a lot of teams out there that don’t spend to the cap, and we do," Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said this week during a state-of-the-team news conference. "I’m always envious of those teams right about this time of the year, and then they’re envious of me when we are in the playoffs."

The Ravens spent $125.778 million in cash in 2013 and $126.479 million in 2014.

The salary cap was $133 million last year. It's expected to go up to $143...

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Tight end Owen Daniels tells Ravens he wants to return for another season

When the Ravens signed tight end Owen Daniels to a one-year, $1 million contract last year, they did so with the idea that he would complement Dennis Pitta at the position.

When Pitta disclocated and fractured his right hip for the second time within a year last September, Daniels emerged as the starter. He finished third on the Ravens with 48 catches for 527 yards and four touchdowns.

Daniels, 32, has informed the Ravens that he would like to return for another season. Daniels is an unrestricted free agent, so a contract would have to be worked out.

"We’ve talked to Owen, and Owen says he wants to come back," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said this week. "I’m sure that he and his agent will talk about what’s best for them financially, and every other way, but he’s very interested in coming back here.”

As for Pitta, there's no change in his status.

Pitta may or may not be cleared to play again as he continues to rehab his hip. He is determined to try to play, and his contract is...

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Former Ravens, Titans tackle Michael Oher recently visited the Panthers, sources say

Former Ravens and Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Michael Oher recently visited the Carolina Panthers, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.

A former first-round draft pick from Mississippi, Oher started every game over five seasons with the Ravens.

Oher, 28, signed a five-year, $20 million contract as a free agent last year with the Titans.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Oher was released after the season with a waived-injured designation. According to a source, Oher is nearly completely healthy now.

Oher was paid $6 million by the Titans this past season. If he had remained on their roster, $3.35 million of Oher's scheduled $4 million base salary for 2015 would have been guaranteed.

Oher started the first 11 games at right tackle for the Titans before being placed on injured reserve with a toe injury. Oher didn't draw high grades with the Titans, but started all 80 games in five seasons with the Ravens. He played his best football played during their Super Bowl...

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Ravens release wide receiver-returner Jacoby Jones

Jacoby Jones emerged as a Super Bowl XLVII hero two years ago, hitting his high mark with the Ravens during a victory over the San Francisco 49ers in which he scored two touchdowns.

Jones’ time with the Ravens ended Wednesday when the team terminated his four-year, $12 million contract. It wasn’t a surprising roster move considering Jones plummeted on the wide receiver depth chart last season and was no longer as consistently dangerous or reliable as a kick returner.

His departure is unlikely to be the only change within the next two weeks as free agency approaches and the Ravens contend with a tight salary cap situation. The team is hoping to restructure contracts for defensive tackle Haloti Ngata ($16 million salary cap figure) and cornerback Lardarius Webb ($12 million) and no deals are imminent, according to sources.

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...

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Ravens met with speedy wide receivers Devin Smith, Phillip Dorsett at scouting combine

The Ravens met with two of the faster wide receivers at the NFL scouting combine, Ohio State's Devin Smith and Phillip Dorsett of Miami (Fla.).

A projected second-round draft pick, Dorsett ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds. The time earned him $100,000 from Adidas as one of the fastest players at the combine.

Projected as a late first-round pick or second-round draft target, Smith ran a 4.42. Smith also talked with the Ravens at the Senior Bowl.

Smith averaged 28.2 yards per reception as a senior and helped the Buckeyes win the national championship with his ability to strike deep. He caught 33 passes as a senior for 931 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Smith finished his career with 121 receptions for 2,503 yards and 30 touchdowns. He averaged 37.9 yards per score, and Ohio State went 22-0 in games where he caught a touchdown pass.

Dorsett caught 31 passes for 826 yards and nine touchdowns last season for the Hurricanes. He finished his career with 116 receptions for 2,090 yards and 16...

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Observations from 'State of Ravens' address

There were really no major revelations in Tuesday's "State of the Ravens" news conference that featured team owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass, general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh.

Bisciotti reiterated his frustration and disappointment with off-the-field issues from this past season, but he said he was buoyed by the on-field performance from his team. Not surprisingly, Newsome didn’t shed much light on the organization’s plan to create salary cap space. Cass again acknowledged how the Ravens erred in dealing with the Ray Rice situation. And Harbaugh, who spoke at last weeks’ NFL scouting combine, was barely asked any questions at all.

But one can still come to some conclusions – or at least make some pretty good assumptions - from interpreting their words. Here are several of mine:

The Ravens will not overextend themselves to sign wide receiver Torrey Smith: Bisciotti made this clear ...

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