As we wrote earlier this week, it will be difficult for the Ravens to retain their top defensive unrestricted free agents like
That includes $1.8 million in dead money for released former
The Ravens will realize $4.35 million in cap savings with middle linebacker
So, the Ravens are expected to be as much as $5 million over the salary cap before even potentially using the franchise tag on Flacco, which would place them as much as $20 million over. Restructuring hefty contracts for
And getting a long-term deal done for Flacco would help the situation immensely. However, the two sides haven't negotiated since August when they hit an impasse and aren't close on money at this time.
Talks between Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, and Ravens vice president of football operations Pat Moriarty are expected to pick up during the offseason.
Here are the Ravens' top salary-cap figures for 2013:
Player Base salary Salary-cap figure
Ray Lewis $5.4 million $7.3 million