The Ravens will be looking to free up salary cap space this offseason, and a 5-11 season guarantees roster turnover. Here are five Ravens under contract who could be salary cap casualties during the offseason, and their could be more:
- Kyle Arrington, CB
Why he could go: Arrington’s playing time dwindled as the season progressed, as Shareece Wright’s playing time increased. Even if Wright is not re-signed, Will Davis and Tray Walker are younger cornerbacks on the roster with more potential upside than Arrington, and the Ravens will also look for cornerbacks in the draft. Arrington still has two years remaining on the three-year, $7 million deal he signed last season, and the Ravens would save around $1.43 million in cap space by cutting him.
- Chris Canty, DE
Why he could go: Canty was cut last year before the Ravens re-signed him. Canty wants to play at least one more season, but at age 33, he’s at the tail end of his career, and the Ravens have two younger defensive ends in Brent Urban and Lawrence Guy who seem ready for more reps. Cutting Canty would save the Ravens $2.15 million.
- Eugene Monroe, LT – Cutting Monroe with three years left on a five-year, $37.5 million contract, would be a bold move. Especially since offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele is also a free agent, and cutting Monroe would only save the Ravens $2.1 million in cap space, while leaving them with $6.6 million in dead money. My guess is that Monroe stays. But talk of cutting him is open for discussion due to his injury-plagued past two seasons.
- Daryl Smith, LB
Why he could go: Smith will turn 34 years old in March, and younger inside linebacker Zach Orr could be ready to take over next to C. J. Mosley. Smith is still a solid player and person, but the Ravens could save $2.6 million in cap space by letting him go, and they need to get faster defensively.
- Lardarius Webb, DB
Webb said he planned on switching from cornerback to safety next season. But there is no guarantee that will happen with the Ravens. He has a $9.5 million cap number for next season, and the Ravens would create $3.5 million in cap room by cutting him. To stay, Webb will likely have to accept a pay cut.