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General manager Ozzie Newsome is ready to seize on some built-in advantages of the uncapped year, like the fact it will take six years for a veteran to become an unrestricted free agent instead of four. He said he's already looking at extending some players with four- or five-year contracts, and that it would happen over the next five months.

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, a four-year veteran, just finished his first contract with the Ravens, but won't be unrestricted for two more years. He'd be a high priority for the Ravens to extend. So, too, are four-year players like offensive linemen Marshal Yanda, Ben Grubbs and Jared Gaither. Wide receiver Mark Clayton, a five-year vet, could get an extension as well.

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