Ray Lewis' retirement gives the Ravens back $4.35 million in cap savings while Matt Birk's retirement gives the Ravens back $2.05 million against the salary cap. Lewis had a scheduled $5.4 million base salary, and Birk was due $2.75 million.
Ed Reed¿s one-game suspension for repeated violations of the rule prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players has been lifted after the Ravens safety won his appeal. He will not miss Sunday¿s game against the San Diego Chargers after all.
The NFL tweaked some of its rules on Tuesday, making thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for players (starting in 2013) and pushing forward a pair of other changes involving the trade deadline and injured reserve.