Nick Perry, a safety, and Trey DePriest, an inside linebacker, are products of the University of Alabama, the alma mater of Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and a frequent source of Ravens defensive talent. They play positions where undrafted players frequently stick on the Ravens roster.
Several players who are in town are scheduled to attend the game, including Webb, wide receiver Steve Smith and former Ravens players Ed Reed, who officially retired from the NFL on Thursday after signing a one-day contract with the Ravens, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith, Detroit Lions safety James Ihedigbo and Lions linebacker Josh Bynes.
Even after creating $3 million in salary-cap space by converting $4 million of Webb's $7.5 million base salary into a signing bonus, the Ravens are just $3.321 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.
The Ravens pared their roster down to the NFL's required 53-player limit Saturday, choosing to keep two quarterbacks and seven wide receivers and leaving themselves thin at cornerback and along the offensive and defensive lines.
As the Ravens hit the practice field Tuesday, one of their AFC rivals was putting the finishing touches on a significant trade. The New England Patriots sent six-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round pick.
And former Ravens star free safety Ed Reed was a crowd favorite during cornerback Lardarius Webb's annual charity softball Sunday with 15,000 tickets sold during the first year it's been held at M&T Bank Stadium with the game at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen previously.
About 30 minutes after the market opened at 4 p.m., the Ravens fulfilled their top free-agent priority agreeing to terms with left tackle Eugene Monroe on a five-year, $37.5 million deal, according to a league source.
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.