Since trading for and signing veteran center Jeremy Zuttah to a five-year, $18 million contract extension that includes a salary-cap figure of $1.7 million this year, the Ravens are now approximately $6.976 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.
No team has been awarded more compensatory picks than the Ravens, who have shown that they are able to identify talent in the draft and unafraid to let talented but costly contributors leave in free agency.
The Ravens have carved out more salary-cap breathing room by terminating the contracts of veteran fullback Vonta Leach and inside linebacker Jameel McClain on Thursday, creating $4.95 million in salary-cap space.
Anquan Boldin seemed hellbent this season to prove that the Ravens gave up on him too soon. And after he led the San Francisco 49ers with 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns, there is reason to believe the Ravens might have let him go too early.
"The Ravens aren't cheap," said Joel Corry, a former NFL agent who writes about the business of football for National Football Post. Now the team must face several complicated personnel and financial decisions.
One of the many things that the guys over at Pro Football Focus do is grade every player that plays a snap in the NFL. So since the Ravens' season is over, let's go back and see which players received positive marks from PFF and which ones were in the red.
As wide receiver Anquan Boldin thrived with the San Francisco 49ers this season with 85 receptions with 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns, the Ravens were simply unable to replace his physical presence outside.
Following a disappointing 8-8 season in which the Ravens failed to qualify for the playoffs after making it the previous five seasons under coach John Harbaugh, they face another challenging offseason filled with difficult personnel and salary cap decisions.
For the first time since 2007, the Ravens will be at home when the postseason begins, their season ending with a 34-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. With their elimination, the Ravens become the fourth reigning Super Bowl champion in the past eight years to not make the playoffs the following season.
With the Ravens' season on the brink today against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium, veteran defensive end Chris Canty has his fingers crossed that the defending Super Bowl champions will qualify for a playoff berth for the sixth consecutive season.
Kicker Justin Tucker was named the Ravens' Most Valuable Player in balloting from reporters who regularly cover the team. Tucker connected on 33 consecutive field goals before missing from 37 yards Sunday during the Ravens' 41-7 loss to the New England Patriots. It's the second-longest streak in franchise history behind retired Ravens kicker Matt Stover, who made 36 consecutive field goals during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Suggs' understated and reluctant sessions with the media have been season-long occurrences for a player who used to fill reporter's notebooks and willingly provide bulletin board material for the opposition. However, his relative silence on the field has been a much more recent trend.
It will probably feel a little odd when Tom Brady walks behind center for the first time Sunday afternoon. Whenever the Patriots played the Ravens in the past, he would look for Ed Reed lurking in the secondary and he could hear Ray Lewis from across the line of scrimmage barking out commands before the snap.
Fullback Vonta Leach was an afterthought during Monday night's 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta played fewer snaps and more observations after looking at the official snap counts.