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Five Ravens in danger of being salary cap casulties


Five Ravens in danger of being salary cap casulties

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.

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?