So now you know (at least in part) why the team released Willis McGahee, Kelly Gregg, Todd Heap and Derrick Mason. They desperately needed the cap space for Yanda.
So where was the hiccup? Why did these cap issues just suddenly creep up out of nowhere?
Last week ESPN’s John Clayton reported that the Ravens were $1.8M over the cap and that number did not include the RFA tenders which totaled around $10M. Then the minimum salaries went up by $55K per player for about three-fourths of the team’s roster. Not all of those add into the cap because of the rule of 51, but that also took away another $1.5M or so.
Bottom line, until the Ravens can sign Ngata to a long-term deal or restructure other contracts, they appear to be handcuffed.
At the end of the day, maybe Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens are not as much patient as they are broke.
This isn’t shaping up well so far for the Ravens, a team that had secondary issues heading into the off season with pending free agents Josh Wilson, Chris Carr and Dawan Landry. They have an unsettled situation at right tackle and no experience in the backfield behind Ray Rice. The last time the Ravens had such thin depth there, was back in 2001 when Jamal Lewis went down and the team had to turn to a rapidly aging Terry Allen and the plump and unproven Jason Brookins to carry the rock for Brian Billick and Elvis Grbac.
Where will the pass rush help come from?
What about WR where the team suddenly seems thin without Derrick Mason?
Can they even afford Marc Bulger as a back-up QB?
Who will be the swing interior offensive lineman now that Chris Chester is gone?
It’s not over until it’s over but for the moment, the Ravens are down a few scores at the half.