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Money to spare


Money to spare

The Ravens ranked last in the NFL in available salary cap space until earlier this week, when they signed Ray Rice to a five-year deal that lowered his 2012 cap number by 2.7 million.

Now they reportedly have some 3.3 million of room under the cap, more than a handful of teams.

How will they spend it?

Theres no clear-cut answer as the organizational clock ticks toward the start of training camp next week in Owings Mills. The Ravens depth chart is pretty well stocked with the players theyre expecting to contribute this season. In other words, there is no immediate, glaring need.

Against that backdrop, the 3.3 million is more of a luxury, essentially an emergency fund. If a glaring need develops between now and the start of the season because of an injury or performance issues during camp, the Ravens have the wherewithal to address it.

Theres no telling where such a need could develop, but here are some possibilities:

Backup running back -- When the Ravens invested a 2012 third-round draft pick in Bernard Pierce, they obviously hoped he could step in for Ricky Williams, who rushed for more than 400 yards in 2011. But can a rookie handle the load and produce at the level the Ravens want? If they decide Pierce needs a year of seasoning, their only other options are a seventh-round pick (Anthony Allen) and an undrafted free agent (Damien Berry) from 2011. Meanwhile, Cedric Benson, who rushed for more than a thousand yards for the Bengals in 2011, is just sitting on the open market.

Linebackerpass rush With Terrell Suggs out indefinitely, building and sustaining a quality pass rush is the Ravens biggest issue on defense. Between Suggs and other players no longer on the team, the Ravens are missing almost half of their sacks (23 of 48) from 2011. If they feel they arent going to get enough pressure from those on hand, they could bring in a designated pass rusher to play on third downs.

No. 3 receiver The Ravens hope they addressed this need with the addition of Jacoby Jones, and they have a handful of other possibilities such as LaQuan Williams and Tandon Doss. But Jones dropped a few balls in the spring and the others have done little in their brief pro careers, and the Ravens want dangerous targets for Joe Flacco. Theyve passed on a slew of veterans so far, but who knows?

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Summer Guide: Top restaurants and bars to hit before or after Ravens games

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Summer Guide: Top restaurants and bars to hit before or after Ravens games

Whether you're a Ravens fan looking for a couple of drinks pre-game or a bite to eat post-game, it's important to know the local spots around M&T Bank Stadium. 

With the 2019-20 season only weeks away, it's time for a refresher of the best places to go before and after Ravens games. 

In no particular order, consider these: 

The Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St.

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Endless burger options, insane potato fries and extensive beer menu.
  • Watch out for the spicy pickle, it's crazy hot!

Blue Moon Too, 1024 Light Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Best breakfast in Baltimore!
  • Perfect place to fuel up before hitting a Ravens game.

Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd.

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Famous for its atmosphere before and after Orioles and Ravens games.
  • It's got great specialty sandwiches, burgers and a list of craft brews.

Shakers Fine Spirits & Wine Lounge, 737 Carroll Street

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Perfect for a post-game drink.
  • Quieter ambiance, big list of mixed drinks and wines.

Spoons, 24 E. Cross Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Famous for their eggs and breakfast/brunch.
  • Perfect before a Ravens game.

Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W. Pratt Street

  • 0.6 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Indoor/outdoor seating with a strong beer selection.
  • Great for before or after a Ravens game.

SoBo Cafe, 6 W. Cross St

  • Famous for neighborhood comfort food like Mac n' Cheese and Chicken Pot Pie.
  • Takes reservations, perfect outing before a Sunday game.

Bookmakers Cocktail Club, 31 East Cross Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • 400 types of whiskey, rye, and bourbon.
  • Old-fashioned ambiance, perfect for a pre-game drink.

Fat Larry's Cheesesteaks and Hoagies, 1026 S. Charles St

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Massive sandwiches to hold you down during Ravens games.
  • Referred to as a "hidden gem" by Baltimore natives.

Sliders Bar and Grill, 504 Washington Blvd.

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Deep-rooted history with the Orioles and Baltimore.
  • Great snackable food for before or after a Ravens game.
  • Down the street from Pickles Pub.



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Tavon Young could potentially be out the remainder of the season with 'serious' neck injury, Harbaugh says

Tavon Young could potentially be out the remainder of the season with 'serious' neck injury, Harbaugh says

Ravens cornerback Tavon Young could be out for the foreseeable future with a "serious" neck injury, Coach John Harbaugh told the media following the Ravens' 26-13 win over the Packers Thursday night.

The 2016 fourth-round draft pick out of Temple sustained the injury earlier in the week and missed practice and the team's Week 2 preseason win.

“Tavon has a more serious issue than we thought," Harbaugh said. "He’s got a neck issue. The doctors can explain it, but it’s a disc issue. That’s a serious injury."

The severity of Young's injury still needs to be determined by doctors, but Harbaugh said it doesn't look good.

"He could be out for the remainder of the season, we’ll know soon," Harbaugh said. "But, it doesn’t look good for Tavon.”

Once the severity of the injury is evaluated, doctors will make a determination on the best route to take for Young's healing. However, Harbaugh said that a procedure would be “probably the best thing to do."

Young's injury comes just after signing a three-year extension with the team in February.