Ravens 2009 Free Agency Preview

Salary Cap Ravens 2009 Free Agency Preview

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The Ravens have the following 39 players under contract for 2009:


QBs (2):  Joe Flacco, Troy Smith


RBs (3):  Willis McGahee, LeRon McClain, Ray Rice


WRs (4):  Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Marcus Smith, Yamon Figurs


TE (1):  Todd Heap


OL (8):  Jared Gaither, Willie Anderson, Adam Terry, Oneil Cousins, Ben Grubbs, Chris Chester, Marshall Yanda, David Hale


DL (7):  Trevor Pryce, Haloti Ngata, Justin Bannan, Kelly Gregg, Marques Douglas, Dwan Edwards, Lamar Divens


LBs (6):   Jarret Johnson, Nick Greisen, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Tavares Gooden, Antwan Barnes, Prescott Burgess


CBs (4):  Chris McAlister, Samari Rolle, Frank Walker, Fabian Washington


S (3):  Ed Reed, Tom Zbikowski. Haruki Hakamura


LS (1):  Matt Katula



The following 8 players are Exclusive Rights Free Agents (EFAs):


RB – Jalen Parmlee

TE – Scott Kuhn

DT – Kelly Talavou

LB – Edgar Jones

LB – Jameel McClain

LB – Robert McCune

S –   Darren Stone

PK – Steven Hauschka


The Ravens can retain the rights to these players by tendering them with a contract of $310K, $385K or $460K depending on the player’s length of service in the league



The following 9 players are Restricted Free Agents (RFAs):


RB – P.J. Daniels (4th)

WR – Demetrius Williams (4th)

WR – Marcus Maxwell (7th)

TE – Quinn Sypniewski (5th)

DT – Brandon McKinney (Undrafted – no compensation)

CB – Derrick Martin (6th)

CB – Evan Oglesby (Undrafted – no compensation)

S –   Dawan Landry (5th)

P –   Sam Koch (6th)


These are players whose contracts have expired and who have less than 4 years of accrued service time.  The team must tender the player with an RFA offer.  Once done, another team can sign the RFA to an RFA offer sheet, but the Ravens then have 7 days to match that offer sheet and retain the player under the terms of that offer sheet.  If the Ravens were to choose not to match the offer sheet, then they would receive compensation based on which level of RFA tender was made to the player.


There are 4 RFA tenders:


High Tender of $2.792M:  Allows the team to receive the other team’s 1st and 3rd round picks

Middle Tender of $2.198M:  allows the team to receive the other team’s 1st round

2nd Round Tender of $1.545M – Allows the team to the other team’s 2nd round pick

Low Tender of $1.01M:  allows the team to receive a draft pick equal to the round in which the player was originally drafted (as noted above after each player’s name). 



The following 13 players are Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs) and unless Franchised are allowed to sign with any team once the FA period begins on February 27th:


QB – Kyle Boller

QB – Todd Bouman

FB – Lorenzo Neal

WR – Terrence Copper

TE – Daniel Wilcox

OT – Chad Slaughter

OC – Jason Brown

LB – Ray Lewis

LB – Terrell Suggs

LB – Bart Scott

CB – Corey Ivy

S –    Jim Leonhard

PK – Matt Stover


The following 12 players finished the season on the Practice Squad or the Practice Squad IR and are free to sign with any team as of the end of the Ravens Season:


RB – Matt Lawrence

WR – Justin Harper

WR – Edward Williams

WR – Ernie Wheelwright

TE – Isaac Smolko

TE – Joe Reitz

OT – Tre Stallings

OG – Bryan Johnson

DE – Bryan Mattison

DE – Sean Conover

CB – Anwar Phillips

DT – Soloman Solano



The following players are under contract for 2009, but may (or may not) be on the bubble to return because of salary, performance or attitude issues:












Cap Number


Cap Savings

From Release


Dead Money

Todd Heap






Samari Rolle






Derrick Mason






Trevor Pryce






Chris McAlister






Kelly Gregg






Willis McGahee






Willie Anderson






Frank Walker






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Brian McFarland

About Brian McFarland

Known on Ravens Message Boards as "B-more Ravor", Brian is a life-long Baltimorean and an avid fan of the Ravens and all Baltimore sports.  A PSL holder since 1998, Brian has garnered a reputation as a cap-guru because of his strange (actually warped) desire to wade through the intricacies of the NFL's salary cap and actually make sense of it for those of us who view it as inviting as IRS Tax Code.      Brian, who hails from Catonsville, MD and still resides there, is married and has two children. More from Brian McFarland


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