Street Talk Breaking down Jameel McClain’s $10.5 million contract

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain’s three-year, $10.5 million contract includes a $3.6 million signing bonus.

The deal has base salaries of $700,000 this year, $3 million in 2013 and $3.2 million in 2014.

McClain counts $1.9 million against the salary cap this year, $4.2 million in 2013 and $4.4 million in 2014.

McClain will become an unrestricted free agent again when he’s 29 years old.

He recorded 84 tackles, one sack and an interception.

Pro Bowl special-teams ace and nickel back Corey Graham’s two-year contract is worth $3.7 million and includes a $1.2 million signing bonus.

If a minimum playing time escalator clause is triggered, then Graham can average over $2 million per year.

Three-time Pro Bowl special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo’s three-year contract is worth a total of $3.21 million.

It included a $400,000 signing bonus and base salaries of $925,000, $940,000 and $955,000.

Safety Sean Considine’s one-year deal is worth $890,000 and includes a $65,000 signing bonus. Under the minimum salary benefit, the contract includes a salary-cap value of $605,000.

The Ravens were $4.664 million under the salary-cap limit prior to these recent contracts, including a $1.625 million cap figure for center Matt Birk, and are now down to $1.701 million in cap space with 46 players under contract.

That doesn’t include $1.5 million the Ravens can borrow against future years.

The Ravens could create more salary-cap breathing room by signing players to long-term contract extensions, including quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Ray Rice and cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Cary Williams.

 

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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