But the Ravens, unable to find compromise on a new contract or to absorb Ngata's $16 million salary cap hit, also coveted getting a few extra picks in this year's draft.
As things stand, it appears that the Ravens will have 10 total picks once the compensatory selections are doled out. That would include seven standard picks and three compensatory ones.
Compensatory picks won't be announced until the annual league meetings later this month, but it appears that the Ravens will be awarded three more selections in the 2015 draft because of their free agent losses last offseason. The Ravens lost offensive tackle Michael Oher (Tennessee Titans), defensive end Arthur Jones (Indianapolis Colts), cornerback Corey Graham (Buffalo Bills) and safety James Ihedigbo (Lions), while signing only one true unrestricted free agent: safety Darian Stewart.
Other players that the Ravens signed after their release, like wide receiver Steve Smith, don't factor in the compensation formula.
Notes: The Ravens traded their original 2015 fifth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year for center Jeremy Zuttah; The Ravens traded their original 2015 sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns during last year's draft for a 2014 seventh-round pick that they used to draft wide receiver Michael Campanaro; The Ravens traded their original 2015 seventh-round pick and McClain to the Cowboys for a 2015 sixth-round pick; The Ravens traded the 2015 seventh-round pick that they acquired from the Miami Dolphins for Bryant McKinnie in 2013 to the Lions as part of the Ngata deal.