Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh kept his thoughts to himself on the suspension of star player Haloti Ngata. (BSMG)
In the wake of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata's four-game suspension, the Ravens are now $6.249 million under the NFL salary cap limit of $133 million.
Ngata forfeited four game checks, totaling $2 million of his $8.5 million base salary, for violating the league's performance-enhancing-drug policy. The suspension saves the Ravens $2 million against the salary cap and in cash. The Ravens can carry over any remaining salary cap room to next season.
The Ravens' current salary cap situation includes a subtraction of $1.411 million in salary cap space that was held when former running back Ray Rice filed a grievance against the team citing wrongful termination of his $35 million contract. The salary cap reduction remains in place until his pending grievance is resolved. The Ravens created a net savings of $3.529 million in salary cap space for this fiscal year when they terminated his contract.
They also took on $4.755 million in dead money for this year and $9.5 million in dead money in 2015, reflecting the prorated portion of the $22 million in guaranteed money already paid to Rice that still counts against the Ravens' salary cap.
Should Rice win his grievance against the Ravens for wrongful termination, he would be owed $3.529 million in salary that he was due before the team cut him Sept. 8, when a graphic video surfaced of his domestic-violence incident.
The Ravens also are facing $121,000 injury grievances from former Maryland tight end Matt Furstenberg and wide receiver Mike Willie. The Ravens recently settled a $121,000 injury settlement with former defensive tackle Levi Brown for $63,000.
The Ravens gave veteran cornerback Dominique Franks $33,529 in termination pay after he was released.
The top 12 salary cap figures on the Ravens for this season are: defensive tackle Haloti Ngata ($14 million), quarterback Joe Flacco ($14.8 million), right guard Marshal Yanda ($8.45 million), outside linebacker Terrell Suggs ($7.8 million), cornerback Lardarius Webb ($7.504 million), Rice ($4.755 million), outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil ($3.375 million), tight end Dennis Pitta ($3.205 million), left tackle Eugene Monroe ($3.204 million), defensive tackle Chris Canty ($3.166 million), punter Sam Koch ($2.8 million) and inside linebacker Daryl Smith ($2.475 million).