About Brian McFarland

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.

NFL SALARY CAP FAQ

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NFL SALARY CAP FAQ How is the Salary Cap calculated? The Salary Cap is based on a complicated calculation that measures the league’s revenue (or certain revenues) and then apportions around 48% of that revenue to player costs.  That player cost number is comprised of two components – (1) player benefits and (2) player salaries.  The player salaries portion is what we are talking about when we refer to the Salary Cap.  For instance, in 2011, the overall Player Cost number was $142M, while the Salary Cap was $120.375M.  The...

NFL Glossary

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Accrued Season – A player earns an Accrued Season if he is on the team’s 53-man roster, Injured Reserve (IR), or Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) for 6 or more games in any one season. Compensatory Draft Picks – Compensatory Draft Picks are awarded to teams who have suffered a net loss of Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs).  On occasion, a team that has lost and gain the same amount of UFAs will receive a 7th round Comp Pick, but only if the quality of UFAs lost greatly outweighs the quality...

Details of Ravens’ Rookie Contracts

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Under the CBA of 2011, all rookies receive 4-year contracts, generally with a signing bonus and often with minimum base salaries set for each year of the deal.  While 1st and 2nd round picks may have base salaries of more than the minimum in years 2 through 4 of their deals, even those players will almost always receive the rookie minimum base salary during their first year.  For 2012, the minimum base salary for a rookie is $390K.  For Salary Cap purposes, the bonus received by the player is prorated...

SALARY CAP: Rogue owners prove costly for Ravens

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Earlier today, Special Arbitrator Stephen Burbank dismissed the appeal filed by the Redskins and Cowboys regarding the Cap penalties imposed by the league for their violation of the spirit of the Uncapped Year rules.  It has now been announced, via a joint statement from the Redskins and Cowboys that the teams are conceding the issue and will not pursue any other remedies that they may have.  So, that ends it.    The Redskins were docked $36M for restructuring the contracts of DT Albert Haynesworth and CB DeAngelo Hall and basically accelerating...

SALARY CAP UPDATE: The impact of the Ravens’ rookie signings

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The Ravens are the first NFL team to sign all of their draft picks prior to today’s opening of rookie camp – and that’s something that is a bit out of the norm for the club. None of the picks is a first round selection and clearly that helps. There’s usually not as much haggling with drafted players beyond the first round. More than likely there was a greater sense of urgency with signing their first pick, Courtney Upshaw. Getting the former Crimson Tide linebacker in camp and taking as...

Salary cap implications of Terrell Suggs’ injury

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With today’s news that Terrell Suggs, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, may miss the entire 2012 season due to an Achilles injury, many are left wondering – what impact this will have on the Ravens’ Salary Cap? The Cap implications will hinge on the extent of Suggs’ injury and exactly how the Ravens choose to address Suggs’ roster status. If Suggs’ own comments are to be believed, he expects to be ready to return in October or November.  If that’s the case, the Ravens have 3 options:...

Ravens’ Rookie Salary Cap Set at $4.318M – What’s it mean?

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According to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times and Ravens 24×7, the Ravens’ “Year One Rookie Allocation”, otherwise known as the team’s “Rookie Salary Cap”, has been set at $4.318M.  The Rookie Salary Cap is often referred to as “a cap within a cap” because it limits the amount that teams can allocate to their rookies in the year they were drafted.  But, beyond that, there is a lot of confusion about the Rookie Salary Cap and exactly how it works.  Even some in the media do not fully...

An Explanation of how the Rookie Salary Cap Really Works

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Sometime during the weeks follow this year’s NFL draft, the league will announce each team’s “Year One Rookie Allocation” (formerly known as the “Rookie Pool” or “Rookie Salary Cap”).  This is an oft misunderstood number, because while it is part of the team’s Salary Cap, it does not have a dollar-for-dollar impact on the team’s overall Salary Cap.         The Rookie Salary Cap is often referred to as “a cap within a cap” because it limits the amount that teams can allocate to their rookies in the year they...

THE BUSINESS OF RAVENS’ FOOTBALL

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The news of the day for Ravens’ fans on Thursday was the team’s new deal with Restricted Free Agent Cornerback, Lardarius Webb.  Webb reportedly has signed a 5-year extension, which would keep him under contract to the Ravens for the next 6 years.  As the terms of the deal are starting to come out, Webb will receive a $10M bonus paid upon signing and a $5M option bonus in 2013.  Webb will make $18M over the first two years.  Based on the media reports, it appears that Webb’s deal will...

SALARY CAP UPDATE: Ravens have $5.054M remaining cap dollars

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MATT BIRK’S CONTRACT:  On Monday, Ravens’ Center Matt Birk passed his physical and signed his new 3-year, $8.525M contract.  Birk received a $2.1M signing bonus with a base salary of $925K in 2012.   He will have a base salary of $2.75M in both 2013 and 2014.  Given Birk’s age, this contract is basically a one-year, $3.025M contract.  In both 2010 and 2011, Birk had a base salary of $3M, so this deal is in line with his past pay scale, but because of their Salary Cap issues, the Ravens needed...

Ravens cap space swells to $7.7 M after Cowboys, Redskins violations

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The 2012 free agent frenzy is set to begin at 4:00 this afternoon when the 2012 league year begins.  At that time, the Ravens are expected to be just under $7.7M under the 2012 Salary Cap.  This number will include the 40 players presently under contract, the franchise tender for RB Ray Rice, the 3 RFA tenders (Webb, C. Williams, D. Ellerbe) and the 7 ERFA tenders (Cox, Gorrer, C. Williams, McClellan, Kindle, Boren, Bynes).  As reported last evening, the Ravens tendered 3 of their RFAs – CB Lardarius Webb...

Restructuring could create more cap space for the Ravens

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One way that the Baltimore Ravens could create additional Salary Cap space is through restructuring the contracts of some of its more highly paid players.  The Ravens don’t have a lot of ideal candidates for restructures, but could look to restructure the contracts of LB Terrell Suggs, G Marshall Yanda or DT Haloti Ngata.  First, though, a little explanation of what “restructuring” usually means.  About 95% of the time that it is reported that a player has “restructured” his deal it does not mean that the player has taken a pay cut...

SALARY CAP UPDATE: Ravens estimated to be $5.945M under cap

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CAP SPACE:  Now that the NFL has finally announced that the league-wide Salary Cap for 2012 will be $120.6M, it has become easier to estimate the Baltimore Ravens’ expected Salary Cap space for the beginning of the 2012 league year. As explained in our last article, the Ravens are able to increase their team Salary Cap by carrying over $5.831M of unused 2011 Salary Cap space and can borrow an additional $1.5M in Cap space from future Caps.  These additions will give the team adjusted team Salary Cap of a...

Ravens currently $5.7M under cap

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Most of the recent media reports are indicating that the 2012 Salary Cap will be announced by the end of the week and that it is expected to again be around $120M.  With that part of the equation pretty much settled, we can now more accurately predict what the Baltimore Ravens’ Salary Cap picture will look like on next Tuesday, March 13, the day the 2012 League Year begins. The $120M number is for the most part, right where it was last year. But the Baltimore Ravens have done (or...

RAVENS SALARY CAP UPDATE – 3/2/12

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CUTS:  Unlike last year when the Baltimore Ravens surprised just about everyone when they released TE Todd Heap, WR Derrick Mason and DT Kelly Gregg, there aren’t expected to be any surprise cuts this year.  The cuts that are expected have pretty much been common knowledge since the 2011 season ended in the AFC Championship game.  The first of those cuts to be reported is the release of CB Chris Carr.  Signed just last August to a new 4-year contract, Carr spent most of the 2011 season on the bench...

SALARY CAP UPDATE

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When the new CBA was signed last August, the 2011 Salary Cap was artificially set by agreement between the NFL owners and the NFLPA.  With the new CBA essentially now really in its first year, the amount of the 2012 Cap is to be set by the new formula as set out in the new CBA.  At this point, that amount is a mystery.    So, the biggest variable in determining the Ravens’ Salary Cap status is just what the Salary Cap is going to be.  Some media reports have indicated...

RAVENS ROSTER OUTLOOK: The Salary Cap will usher in change

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Change. It’s inevitable in today’s NFL.  Some teams embrace it, others run from it.  If the 2011 offseason told us anything, it’s that Ravens’ GM Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens’ Front Office are not afraid to embrace change.  So, tomorrow, the Ravens staff will begin to address yet another offseason after a near-miss and try and figure out what changes are needed to get them over the hump and back to the Super Bowl. The question is, how much change will we see? Based on various media reports, it appears...

With Ngata deal done what will the Ravens do with newfound cap space?

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With yesterday’s news that the Ravens have finally signed star DT Haloti Ngata to a long term extension, the next question becomes what will the team do with the approximately $5.4M in Salary Cap space created by the signing? The good news is that the Ravens have several options, all of which are good for the team’s future.  First, removing the Franchise designation from Ngata allows the Ravens to use the Tag on another player in 2012.  If the team were to use the Tag next year, the most likely...

NGATA IT IS! Breaking down Haloti Ngata’s new deal

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As media reports continue to filter in, the size and scope of DT Haloti Ngata’s newly signed contract extension are coming more into focus. Based on a variety of sources, it appears that Ngata’s new deal is worth a total of $61M over 5 years, with $40M of that amount being guaranteed.  He’ll receive a signing bonus of $25M and an Option Bonus in 2012 of $10M.  All of the $40M in guaranteed money will be paid out over the first two years of the deal, with $27.1M of that...

DEADLINE DAY: Will the Ravens Come Up with Ngata or Nada?

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Today is the deadline for the Ravens to sign star DT Haloti Ngata to a long term extension.  If they fail to get him signed by today’s deadline, they will not be able to work out a long-term deal with him until after the season.  If need be, they would again be force to use the Franchise Tag on him in 2012. So, it’s really imperative that they get something done today.  If he is signed today, look for him to be paid as one of the top defensive players...