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RFA tenders to fifth- and sixth-year players likely meaningless

The Ravens assigned restricted free agency tenders to such players as Jared Gaither, Marshal Yanda, Le'Ron McClain and Dawan Landry. But don't pay much attention to them because those tenders probably are temporary.

When the new collective bargaining agreement is reached, players in their fifth and sixth seasons are expected to become unrestricted free agents. That could turn five Ravens starters from restricted free agents to unrestricted ones.

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The Ravens began talking in those terms at the NFL combine, where coach John Harbaugh said Yanda is a priority in free agency and McClain is expected to test the market.

Here are the Ravens players who could go from restricted to unrestricted: Gaither, Yanda, McClain, Landry, cornerback Josh Wilson, linebacker Prescott Burgess, defensive tackle Brandon McKinney, guard Chris Chester and offensive tackle Tony Moll.

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Starting left guard Ben Grubbs, a fifth-year player, is still under contract for one more season. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, a sixth-year one, received the franchise tag. And punter Sam Koch, another sixth-year player, signed a five-year deal in early February.

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