Late For Work 5/10: Yanda Restructures Contract, Helps Ravens’ Salary Cap

Ravens sign two more draft picks, 10 WRs competing on Ravens roster, Vegas point spreads.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 9:02 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Yanda Restructures Contract, Helps Ravens’ Salary Cap

Marshal Yanda helped make the Ravens’ recent flurry of activity possible.

The Pro Bowl offensive guard restructured his five-year, $32 million contract, reducing his 2012 salary-cap figure by $2.8 million, according to The Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson.

That extra $2.8 million helped the cap-strapped Ravens reel in wide receiver and return man Jacoby Jones (reportedly two years, $7 million) and defensive lineman Ryan McBean (reportedly one year, $1.214 million). Additionally, the Ravens were able to give safety Bernard Pollard a three-year contract extension.

Once scheduled to make a $6.5 million cap figure this season, Yanda will now get $3.65 million, according to Wilson, who also explained that Yanda won’t lose any money over the long haul.

The Ravens gave Yanda a $3.8 million signing bonus and it will now be prorated over the remaining four years of his deal.

What does the Ravens salary-cap picture look like now?

That’s still a little murky. Without factoring in the Jones and Pollard deals, the Ravens salary-cap figure is $3.529, says Wilson.

Below is Yanda’s new contract breakdown:

Remaining Base Salaries                              Salary-Cap Figures

2012: $700,000                                                   2012: $3.65 million

2013: $4.5 million                                              2013: $7.45 million

2014: $5.5 million                                              2014: $8.45 million

2015: $5.5 million                                              2015: $8.45 million

Ravens Sign Two More Draft Picks

The Ravens continue to get their draft picks signed with rookie minicamp set to begin tomorrow.

Baltimore agreed to terms with fourth-round pick Gino Gradkowski (four-year deal), the guard/center from the University of Delaware, and seventh-round pick DeAngelo Tyson, a defensive tackle out of Georgia, according to multiple reports.

Gradkowski, 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, is expected to start this season competing with Jah Reid and fellow rookie Kelechi Osemele for the left guard spot vacated by Pro Bowler Ben Grubbs. He may ultimately become Matt Birk’s successor when the 15-year veteran decides to retire. Gradkowski and Birk told us that they are excited to work with one another.

Tyson, a 6-foot-2, 315-pound run stuffer, is expected to compete with newly signed veterans McBean and Maake Kemoeatu for a job in the Ravens’ defensive line rotation.

The Ravens already reportedly struck deals with second-round lineman Osemele, fourth-round safety Christian Thompson and fifth-round cornerback Asa Jackson on Tuesday.

That means only three draft picks remain unsigned: second-round pick and Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw, third-round pick and Temple running back Bernard Pierce and sixth-round pick and Miami wide receiver Tommy Streeter.

10 Receivers On Ravens Roster

With the addition of Jones, the Ravens now have 10 receivers on their roster.

And that’s not even counting the three undrafted free agent wide receivers (Devin Goda, Dorian Graham and Deonte Thompson) that are reportedly expected at camp.

“As a wide receiver, Jones, who has gotten some criticism for his hands and his route running, immediately becomes the front runner for that No. 3 spot behind Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith. However, that’s hardly a sure thing,” wrote The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec. “Second-year wide receivers Tandon Doss and LaQuan Williams will get an opportunity, and so will rookie sixth-round pick Tommy Streeter out of Miami.

“The battle for the wide receiver roster spots is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing storylines of the preseason.”

The Ravens have a “poor history” with trying to find an effective No. 3 receiver, says ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Lee Evans didn’t work out in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Kelley Washington and Demetrius Williams were in the mix prior to that.

“There’s something twisted in the fact that the Baltimore Ravens are trying to end their bad run with No. 3 wide receivers with a player who became available, for the most part, because he couldn’t hold onto the ball,” wrote Hensley.

But Jones is different from the previous candidates, says CSNBaltimore.com’s John Eisenberg.

At 27, he is younger than both Evans and Houshmandzadeh, perhaps making him less prone to injury. He also has more speed than Housh.

And while Zrebiec still believes the competition for that third wide receiver spot is still open, Eisenberg argues that the Ravens never would have manipulated their salary cap for a guy that could end up as the No. 4.

“Make no mistake, this was a preemptive strike at filling an important need,” wrote Eisenberg. “The cap-strapped Ravens wouldn’t have carved out enough room to give Jones a two-year, $7 million deal unless they were counting on him playing and producing.

“The Ravens have watched their rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, amp up their passing game in recent years with speedy receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. Jones and [Torrey] Smith give the Ravens a similar dose of speed on the outside. Now it’s up to Flacco and the coaches to take advantage of it. The other younger receivers will battle it out for the No. 4 slot while the Ravens cross their fingers and hope that their annual search for the ‘right’ No. 3 finally is over.”

Vegas Point Spreads For Ravens Games

We’re still about four months away from the regular season, but that won’t stop Las Vegas from releasing point spreads for 240 regular-season games.

Per National Football Post, Cantor Gaming became the first shop in the business to release all the point spreads from Week 1 to Week 16. No lines were posted for Week 17.

I’ve listed all the Ravens games below:

[Note: The point spread is listed next to the away team, with the "+" indicating whether the away team is a favorite or underdog. For example, the Ravens are 7-point favorites over the Bengals in Week 1.]

Week 1: Cincinnati Bengals (+7) at Baltimore Ravens
Week 2: Baltimore Ravens (+3.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 3: New England Patriots (-1.5) at Baltimore Ravens
Week 4: Cleveland Browns (+10) at Baltimore Ravens
Week 5: Baltimore Ravens (-3) at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 6: Dallas Cowboys (+5.5) at Baltimore Ravens
Week 7: Baltimore Ravens (+3) at Houston Texans
Week 9: Baltimore Ravens (-5.5) at Cleveland Browns
Week 10: Oakland Raiders (+8) at Baltimore Ravens
Week 11: Baltimore Ravens (+3) at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 12: Baltimore Ravens (+1) at San Diego Chargers
Week 13: Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) at Baltimore Ravens
Week 14: Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) at Washington Redskins
Week 15: Denver Broncos (+3.5) at Baltimore Ravens
Week 16: New York Giants (+3.5) at Baltimore Ravens
Week 17: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (no lines posted for Week 17)

What’s Next In Suggs’ Recovery?

During the first few months of Terrell Suggs’ recovery, the most important thing is to protect the repair on his Achilles tendon and not overstretch it so he doesn’t lose his explosiveness and his ability to push off later on, says ESPN’s Stephanie Bell in the video below.

She says the tendon won’t be fully healed for three months. At that point, Suggs can become more aggressive in his rehab and his motivation will have the greatest effect on when he will return to the field.

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Quick Hits

  • Bscrap12: Reg. for Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed’s football camp (July 16-17) at Stevenson U. now open [Twitter]
  • RavensInsider: Ravens CB Asa Jackson’s four-year deal is worth $2.24 million and includes a $144,560 signing bonus, per a league source. [Twitter]
  • NFL Films sits down with left tackle Bryant McKinnie to answer five burning questions. [NFL.com]
  • Somebody may have to explain to me why this is funny.  The NOC produced a spoof video, called “World’s longest tennis match?” starring Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie and Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd, that shows the two NFL stars sporting various hairstyles throughout the years as they compete in a 77-year long tennis match. [You Tube/The NOC]

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