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Ray Rice's wrongful termination grievance against Ravens was settled for $1.588 million

When the Ravens and former star running back Ray Rice reached a settlement on his wrongful termination grievance in January, the financial details were undisclosed.

The sides wound up settling for $1.588 million, according to sources.

Rice was seeking back pay from his $3.529 million base salary for the 2014 season. The settlement was agreed upon in advance of a hearing before NFL system arbitrator Shyam Das.

Rice's $35 million contract was terminated in September after a graphic video surfaced of his domestic violence incident. He filed the grievance in October.

Rice was paid a total of $26.588 million on the contract that was signed in July 2012, which included a $15 million signing bonus.

The Ravens were holding $1.44 million against the salary cap since the grievance was filed. The Ravens are $4.604 million under the NFL salary cap limit of $143.28 million heading into free agency on March 10 and the start of the 2015 league year.

After settling in January, the Ravens released...

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Ravens news, notes and opinions on Andre Johnson, franchise tag and more

From Derrick Mason to Anquan Boldin to Steve Smith, the Ravens have a history of acquiring big-name wide receivers late in their careers and benefiting from them having productive seasons. That’s why not long after the Houston Chronicle’s report last night that long-time Houston Texans star wide out Andre Johnson will either be traded or released, the speculation started immediately that Baltimore could be his next destination.

It makes sense for several reasons. The Ravens really need a wide receiver, especially if Torrey Smith leaves in free agency, which now seems likely unless he’s willing to accept a hometown discount. Tough, sure-handed, hungry and clutch, Johnson is exactly the type of player that the Ravens love. And the Texans pipeline has worked well in the past with Vonta Leach, Bernard Pollard, Jacoby Jones and Owen Daniels all coming from Houston and playing key roles for the Ravens.

Despite the Texans' shaky quarterback play last season, Johnson still caught 85 balls for...

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Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti ranked as 244th-richest American on Forbes' list

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is worth an estimated $2.7 billion and ranks 244th on Forbes' annual list of richest Americans.

The Anne Arundel County businessman is the founder of the staffing firm Allegis Group, formerly Aerotek. Allegis Group is the largest privately held staffing firm in the United States.

Bisciotti ranked 235th last year, but his wealth went up from $2.6 billion. Bisciotti, 54, is a self-described "C" student from Salisbury State who built his business into one of the nation's largest staffing firms.

Bisciotti and his cousin, Jim Davis, launched Aerotek in 1983, running the company out of a basement office and generating $1.5 million in sales in the first year.

A net worth of at least $1.55 billion was required to make the list, which the magazine started tracking in 1982.

Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank is worth $3.2 billion and ranks 190th on the list of richest Americans. A former University of Maryland football player, Plank has gone up from 345th to...

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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 $4.604 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 $4.604 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 $750,000 by terminating wide receiver-kick returner Jacoby Jones' four-year, $12 million contract. The Ravens also cut cornerback Victor Hampton on Monday after his driving under the influence arrest over the weekend. Hampton...

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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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