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Ravens open up needed salary cap space with Marshal Yanda restructure

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda (73) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.
Ravens guard Marshal Yanda (73) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.(Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)

The Ravens did a simple restructure of All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda's contract, creating just under $4 million of salary cap space ahead of Wednesday's 4 p.m. start of free agency.

As part of the restructure, $5.3 million of Yanda's $6.19 million base salary in 2016 was converted into a signing bonus, lowering his cap number from $4.01 million from $7.985 million. ESPN first reported the restructure.

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Before the restructure, the Ravens had approximately $4 million of salary cap space, the lowest total in the league, according to overthecap.com.

Yanda signed a four-year, $32 million extension in October. He has agreed to restructure his contract on several occasions over the past couple of years to provide flexibility for the Ravens.

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