As it turned out, the Ravens definitely needed that restructured contract from cornerback Lardarius Webb.
Even after creating $3 million in salary cap space by converting $4 million of Webb's $7.5 million base salary into a signing bonus, the Ravens are just $3.321 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.
That number will hardly change once the Ravens' $730,000 contract for veteran cornerback Derek Cox is processed. Cox will count $570,000 against the salary cap under the veteran minimum salary benefit. Subtracting linebacker Josh Bynes' $575,600 salary means the roster moves were essentially a wash under NFL accounting procedures.
Like all NFL teams, the Ravens are now under regular-season salary-cap rules with all 53 active contracts, players on injured reserve and practice squad salaries all counting against the cap.
All 10 of the Ravens' practice squad players got the standard $107,100 rate for the season, $6,300 per week, with no upgraded salaries for quarterback Keith Wenning, cornerbacks Deji Olatoye and Tramain Jacobs, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, defensive tackles Jamie Meder and A.J. Pataiali'i, outside linebacker John Simon, tight end Phillip Supernaw, offensive guard Ryan Jensen and offensive tackle Marcel Jones.
Former Ravens practice squad tight end Matt Furstenburg (Maryland) counts for $121,000 against the salary cap after he filed an injury grievance. He was cut following the NFL draft. Furstenburg has undergone back surgery.
The top 12 salary cap figures on the Ravens for this season are: Ngata ($16 million), quarterback Joe Flacco ($14.8 million), running back Ray Rice ($8.75 million), Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda ($8.45 million), Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs ($7.8 million), Webb ($7.504 million), outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil ($3.375 million), tight end Dennis Pitta ($3.2 million), offensive tackle Eugene Monroe ($3.2 million), defensive tackle Chris Canty ($3.166 million), punter Sam Koch ($2.8 million) and middle linebacker Daryl Smith ($2.475 million).
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