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.

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...

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...

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...

Let’s set the record straight on potential Ravens Compensatory Picks

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With today’s news that OT Jared Gaither has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, the large number – 12 to be exact – of free agents who have departed Baltimore has many Ravens fans dreaming of multiple Compensatory Draft Picks in next April’s draft. However, based on the Comp Pick rules, it is seems unlikely that the Ravens will get any more than one (1) Comp Pick.  The key issue in determining Comp Picks, is how many qualifying UFAs did a team lose versus how many were sign?  This first...

RAVENS SALARY CAP UPDATE

1.  SALARY CAP IMPLICATIONS OF FREE AGENT SIGNINGS:  Based on media reports and NFLPA salary information obtained by Ravens 24×7, the following are the terms of the contracts and yearly Salary Cap numbers of the recently signed Free Agents.  As of this afternoon, no information was yet available for Bernard Pollard.  Marshall Yanda: OG Marshall Yanda signs a 5-year, $32M contract, which includes a $10M bonus. Year Signing Bonus Base Salary Cap Charge 2011 10,000,000 2,000,000 4,000,000 2012 4,500,000 6,500,000 2013 4,500,000 6,500,000 2014 5,500,000 7,500,000 2015 5,500,000 7,500,000 Chris...

Ravens front office fumbles an opportunity with McGahee

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Last week’s news that the Ravens would release RB Willis McGahee was really of no great surprise.  For quite awhile, it had been a foregone conclusion that the Ravens were not going to pay McGahee’s 2011 base salary of $6M. This $6M base salary was part of the (over)generous 7-year, $40.12M contract that the Ravens gifted McGahee upon acquiring him from the Buffalo Bills in March of 2007.  At the time, the contract raised eyebrows amongst many because McGahee had not proven worthy of such a top of the market...

SALARY CAP ANALYSIS: What To Do With Domonique Foxworth?

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Earlier this week, Ravens’ CB Domonique Foxworth expressed frustration with the pace of his recovery from last August’s knee surgery and indicated that he wasn’t where he wanted to be at this point.  While it can be expected that there will be an adjustment period for Foxworth – both mentally and physically – he is now over a year removed from his surgery and it appears that he should be further along than he is now.  This situation has probably been made worse by the 5-month lockout, during which time,...

THE MONEY CLIP: 2011 RAVENS DRAFT PICK SIGNING STATUS

1ST ROUND PICK – JIMMY SMITH Status:  SIGNED – Five-year deal, worth $7.46M with a $3,926,000 bonus. Smith’s Salary Cap charges will be as follows: Year Signing Bonus Base Salary Cap Charge 2011 3,926,000 375,000 1,356,500 2012 714,000 1,446,500 2013 1,053,000 1,536,500 2014 1,392,000 1,626,500 2015 Note:  The 5th year of the deal is a team option year at an amount prescribed by the new CBA. 2nd ROUND PICK – TORREY SMITH: Status:  SIGNED – Four-year deal, worth $3.38M with a $946,900 bonus. Smith’s Salary Cap charges will be as...

2011 SALARY CAP UPDATE: Why the Ravens aren’t active in free agency

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1.       Impact of “Black Money” Releases: It’s been reported that the “Black Monday” releases of WR Derrick Mason, TE Todd Heap, RB Willis McGahee and DT Kelly Gregg has created $18.6M in Salary Cap space for the team. But that number isn’t entirely accurate.  The release of those players does remove $18.6M of what was attributable to those players (leaving $4.857M in “dead money” still counting against the 2011 Cap), but the overall impact on the Cap is a little less.  Why? Well at this time of the year, the...

The Impact of “Black Monday” 2011

Last week, with all of the uncertainty about just how the new Salary Cap rules would work, I finished my column with “Stay tuned……….”. Boy, I didn’t see this coming. This evening, multiple media outlets are reporting that the Ravens have informed TE Todd Heap, WR Derrick Mason, RB Willis McGahee and NT Kelly Gregg that they will be released later this week.  While McGahee’s and Gregg’s releases were somewhat predictable, the releases of Heap and Mason do come as a surprise, although the $9.1M in Cap savings certainly goes...

Ravens 2011 Free Agency Primer

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With the NFLPA and NFL owners seemingly close to coming to a final resolution of the labor impasse that has forced the league to shutdown since March, it’s now time to take a look at the coming Free Agent period and where the Ravens stand with the Salary Cap. First, though, I’ll start this article with a disclaimer, courtesy of a Twitter post by NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, who stated when referencing the new Cap rules – “no cap guy in the NFL even has a full handle on...

Asomugha to Baltimore?

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Over this past weekend, the Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston sent many Baltimore Ravens fans into football La-La Land with his blog stating that the Ravens “will have an interest” in Free Agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha once a new CBA is agreed to.  This is the second recent mention of the Ravens and Asomugha in the last month, as Adam Schefter of the ESPN also recently speculated that the Ravens should not be dismissed as a potential landing spot for the talented Raider cornerback.  While neither Preston nor Schefter even bothered...

Ravens Likely to Receive 2 Compensatory Draft Picks

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With the former Players’ Union and the league locked in a never-ending war of the blame game, the only thing football-related left for fans to focus on is the NFL draft set for late April.  This year’s draft will likely receive more attention, and scrutiny, than any draft in recent memory, because it’s very possible that the draft may be the last out-of-the-courtroom action the NFL sees for a long time. One remaining unknown leading up to the draft is the exact order that the draft will proceed.  The remaining...

Random CBA Musings

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Having taken the weekend to digest all of the reports, accusations and “what’s next’s” of the NFLPA’s decision to decertify and the NFL owner’s decision to impose a lockout, the following random thoughts come to mind: .         There is over $9B worth of revenue to be divided, both sides should have been able to find a way to make a deal.  Whether it’s greed or hubris, whatever, there is no way that both sides should not have been able to find a middle ground.  ·         What does 10 years of...

No new CBA likely means uncapped 2011 season

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With the NFL offseason presently at a standstill – other than litigation between the parties – the strong possibility exists that the former NFLPA will be able to gain an injunction prohibiting a lockout by the NFL owners.  If this happens, then the offseason will likely commence some time in May. Under such a scenario, the NFL owners will be able to impose the rules under which the league would operate.  Most reports seem to indicate that it is likely that the NFL would re-impose last year’s “Uncapped Year” rules. ...

NFLPA gamesmanship irks owners

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A CLARIFICATION ON A KEY ISSUE OF THE LABOR DEBATE When the NFLPA and NFL owners resume their negotiations before federal mediator, George H. Cohen, tomorrow morning, the key issue will still remain to be the division of the revenue of the league.  This is really the only issue that matters to both sides.  Other issues, like the 18-games season and a rookie salary cap are issues that will still need to be resolved, but aren’t issues that will be the cause of labor stoppage. This key issue – the...

Ravens were PROHIBITED from inking Ngata long-term

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Over the last several weeks the topic of a long term contract extension for Haloti Ngata has been debated and many have wondered why the Ravens’ Front Office has failed to sign their prized first round pick from the 2006 NFL Draft to a long term contract extension.  Instead of a new deal, the Ravens used their Franchise Tag on Ngata yesterday, thereby ensuring that they will either have Ngata on the team for 2011 or receive two 1st round picks in return for allowing him to leave. What many...

A long-term deal for Ngata won’t happen soon

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With today’s news that the Ravens have officially used the Franchise Tag on Defensive Tackle Haloti Ngata, there will be continued questions of why the Ravens’ Front Office has simply not just re-signed Ngata to the contract extension that nearly everyone believes he is deserving of. The simple answer is that the same rules that have limited the team’s ability to re-sign Ngata last year still exist and make it pretty much impossible to sign the two-time Pro Bowler to the type of contract that he can demand.  As was...
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