The NFL management council officially revealed its rookie cap for every team in the NFL yesterday. The rookie pool is basically the total amount of money each team can spend on all of their draft picks, including any undrafted free agents.
The Ravens' rookie pool has been set at $3.661 million. Before the draft, the Ravens had around $5.5 million in cap space. Now, the Ravens have less than $1 million to spend on one more player worth the veteran minimum.
Depending on how the Ravens restructure the contracts of Peter Boluware and Ray Lewis, they should gain an additional $4-5 million in cap room…
Following the draft, the Ravens made good on their promise to bring in 30 undrafted free agents. A good number of these players are strictly camp fillers, while others will make the 53-man roster, and play key roles for the Ravens this season.
Maake Kemoeatu (Utah) was brought in to compete for the starting nose tackle position. Because of his ability to play in a two-gap scheme, Kemoeatu will likely make the team, and have a decent chance to start. Nate Bolling (Wake Forrest) also looks like a good bet to stick on the roster as a reserve defensive end.
At inside linebacker, Bart Scott (Southern Illinois) made a solid enough impression to earn him a probable roster spot. Scott showed good athleticism and cover skills at mini-camp this past weekend. Scott is also was also effective at blocking kicks in college which is one of the reasons he was signed by the team.
The Ravens will also take a strong look at cornerback Yohance Scott (Utah), cornerback Shawn Byrdsong (Mississippi State), offensive tackle Newel Mataveo (Northern State), guard Lawrence Smith (Tennessee State), and linebacker J.R. Johnson (Syracuse). Two of these players should make the team…
The Ravens need to fill at least five more positions through free agency. There is a chance that the Ravens will try to re-sign nickel/dime corner James Trapp and fullback Sam Gash to deals worth the veteran minimum. Both players would bring needed veteran leadership and stability to a young team.
Following June 1st, more players will become available that could help the Ravens. Keith Mitchell or Mike Jones could fill in at the inside linebacker position opposite of Ray Lewis. Defensive tackles Orpheus Roye and Junior Bryant would be nice contingency plans if the Ravens cannot re-sign Sam Adams. Also, the Ravens may look to bring in one more wide receiver for a deal worth the veteran minimum.
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