By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
3:33 PM EDT, August 14, 2013
Having signed tight end Dallas Clark and wide receiver Brandon Stokley to one-year, $1.005 million contracts, the Ravens are now $4.029 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $123 million.
Clark and Stokley signed identical deals: $940,000 nonguaranteed base salaries, $65,000 roster bonuses and salary-cap figures of $620,000 under the minimum salary benefit.
Under the Rule of 51 governing NFL accounting systems during the offseason, just the top 51 salaries on the roster count against the salary cap until the 53-man regular-season roster is established. That's when all salaries, including players on injured reserve, the physically unable to perform list and the practice squad, will count and reduce the Ravens' amount of salary-cap room.
The top salary-cap figures on the roster: outside linebacker Terrell Suggs ($13.02 million), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata ($11.5 million), offensive guard Marshal Yanda ($7.45 million), cornerback Lardarius Webb ($7.385 million), quarterback Joe Flacco ($6.8 million), running back Ray Rice ($5.75 million), offensive tackle Michael Oher ($4.95 million) and injured inside linebacker Jameel McClain ($4.2 million).
McClain is on the physically unable to perform list after sustaining a spinal cord contusion last December against the Washington Redskins and hasn't been cleared to play since recent X-rays show there's still a small sign of the bruise.
Whether McClain is on the physically unable to perform list or injured reserve, his $3 million salary is still owed to him.