By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
12:06 PM PDT, September 10, 2012
Now that the regular season has started, the accounting changes for NFL teams.
During the offseason, the salary-cap space is calculated by just counting the top 51 salary-cap figures.
During the regular season, the 53-man roster, reserve lists and practice squad are how the league counts the salary cap.
So, the Ravens are now $1.477 million under the NFL salary cap limit of $120.6 million after cutting offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie's salary to $2.2 million from $3.3 million for a new cap figure of $3.202 million down from $4.2 million. The Ravens carried over $5.831 million in cap room from last year.
The top 10 salary cap figures on the roster are outside linebacker Terrell Suggs ($11.52 million), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata ($10.4 million), free safety Ed Reed ($8.5 million), quarterback Joe Flacco ($8 million), wide receiver Anquan Boldin ($7.531 million), middle linebacker Ray Lewis ($6.85 million), running back Ray Rice ($5 million), fullback Vonta Leach ($4.33 million), former Ravens running back Willis McGahee ($3.725 million in dead money) and offensive guard Marshal Yanda ($3.65 million).
The Ravens have the fourth-least salary-cap room in the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers ranking fifth from the bottom with $1.6 million.
The bottom three teams are the San Francisco 49ers ($880,000), the Houston Texans ($882,000) and the Atlanta Falcons ($1.3 million).
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the NFL in salary-cap room with $21.4 million available followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars ($20.7 million), Kansas City Chiefs ($14.5 million), Tennessee Titans ($14.1 million) and Buffalo Bills ($13.6 million).
NOTE: The Ravens' injury settlement for linebacker Stevie Baggs' leg injury was $48,176, which removed him from injured reserve. The Ravens paid a $112,412 injury settlement to tight end Matt Balasavage, who suffered a high ankle sprain.