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Ravens place Lewis, Birk on reserve-retired list

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In a move that, as a practical matter, means both nothing and everything, the Ravens have placed linebacker Ray Lewis and center Matt Birk on the reserve-retired list.

It means nothing because the players can unretire at any time.  It means everything because the move clears, via the Baltimore Sun, $6.4 million in 2013 cap space.

The moves put the Ravens at $105.9 million in cap commitments.  With the salary cap at $123 million and the Ravens carrying over $1.18 million, the Ravens have $18.28 million in cap space.

This doesn’t include any free agents, including quarterback Joe Flacco.

All teams have until March 12 to get and stay under the 2013 salary cap.  In the offseason, the calculation encompasses only the 51 highest-paid players on the team.

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26 Responses to “Ravens place Lewis, Birk on reserve-retired list”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 28, 2013 10:24 PM

    So long to the cheater/overrated loudmouth Ray Lewis. You were never on London Fletcher’s level both on and off the field.

  2. neverwave says: Feb 28, 2013 10:30 PM

    Ravens won’t even make the playoffs. loss of leadership, an f u pay me qb, o line changes, 31 teams gunning for them. All the makings for an ugly season.

  3. themagicman1223 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:33 PM

    Ray Lewis is a clown.

  4. dmartin17 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:35 PM

    I assume this is sort of like waiving them, in terms of the dead money they still carry on the cap, but releases the space their contract would otherwise count?

  5. donny1rodriguez says: Feb 28, 2013 10:44 PM

    Ray Lewis to the Cowboys. You heard it here first.

  6. Stiller43 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:46 PM

    Creative contract for joe, and some restructures (or cuts), and theyll be just fine…sadly, as i am a fan of a rival team.

  7. reed20fence says: Feb 28, 2013 11:06 PM


  8. baymac408 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:19 PM

    Tainted, NFL GIVEN rings

  9. willbrownimaging says: Mar 1, 2013 12:05 AM

    I would imagine that the next step would be to extend Anquan Boldin and Jacoby Jones, reducing their 2013 cap figures ($6 Million base salary for Boldin, and $3 Million base for Jones), and adding two or three years to the end of their current deals.

    I think it’s a possibility that Vonta Leach is cut. A $4.33 Million cap figure ($3 Million base) is a lot for a Fullback…even one of the best in the league.

    Hopefully the Ravens’ front office will figure out a long-term deal with Flacco before the March 4th tag deadline…but if they’re not able to reach an agreement, those three moves will allow Baltimore to use the Exclusive Franchise tag on their QB, and still leave a little money for trying to retain Dannell Ellerbe.

    We’ll see how it goes. Go Ravens!

  10. jeffa43 says: Mar 1, 2013 12:07 AM

    That 18.28 is already less than Flacco wants.

    Sorry Bolden, and any other player looking for a contract.

  11. vincentbojackson says: Mar 1, 2013 2:06 AM

    So if Flacco want’s “Drew Brees money” like he has said, there won’t be any money left over for any free agents or to sign upcoming draft picks.

    A lot of Raven veterans can expect a call from Ozzy regarding contract restructuring in the very near future.

  12. randallflagg52 says: Mar 1, 2013 4:06 AM

    This marks the official end of an era as Birk and Lewis are definitely HOF level players (among other players who are calling it quits this offseason).

    Hate on Lewis all you want, but you cannot deny that he was one of the all time greats. Even if a player like Lewis was a steeler instead of a Raven, I would miss what he brings to the game.

  13. boogymanoflamancha says: Mar 1, 2013 5:29 AM

    This leaves Ray free to concentrate on his “White Suit” limo service.

  14. obnoxiousDCfan says: Mar 1, 2013 6:32 AM

    How long does one stay on the “reserve-retired” list, exactly??

  15. Mike Florio says: Mar 1, 2013 6:52 AM

    @obnoxiousDCfan . . . Indefinitely, until the team releases the player from that list.

  16. ironmike778 says: Mar 1, 2013 6:58 AM

    It’s about freaking time. Go away, Ray.

  17. jimbo75025 says: Mar 1, 2013 7:01 AM

    Ray Lewis is retiring? If only there was some sort of announcement or publicity about that during the playoffs or something……..

  18. ravgt says: Mar 1, 2013 7:12 AM

    boogymanoflamancha says:Mar 1, 2013 5:29 AM

    This leaves Ray free to concentrate on his “White Suit” limo service.
    Hey, Boogeyman, I’m not sure I understand your post. Is that some refernce the the events of 13 years ago. This is the first time I have ever seen any comment about a white suit when referring to Ray Lewis. You must be extraordinarily clever to come up with that. Tell me, why didn’t you include any knife comments?

    You and your ilk are pathetic and wearisome at this point. Why not give it a rest?

  19. pgh15212 says: Mar 1, 2013 7:12 AM

    Ray Lewis’ legacy will always be remembered as having a losing regular season record against he Steelers and having an 0-3 record against them in the most important games; the playoffs!

  20. nokoolaidcowboy says: Mar 1, 2013 7:37 AM

    For heaven’s sake is there anything normal about his guy? Retire means retire already!

  21. scoobies05 says: Mar 1, 2013 7:48 AM

    or maybe his legacy will be he was the best defensive player of his generation and 2 time defensive player of the year. also 2 time super bowl champ and super bowl mvp. last i checked ray won as many super bowls in his tenure as the steelers. nice try. and logicalvoice…i think your meds need to be adjusted again. as good as london fletcher is he cant hold a candle to ray. if hes so good how come hes been on 5 teams.

  22. logicalvoicesayz says: Mar 1, 2013 8:09 AM

    Ray Lewis is the best defender to play the game. Period.

    That other guy from the Redskins, whatever his name is, only jokingly gets mentioned in the same breath.

  23. iamapatsfan says: Mar 1, 2013 8:16 AM

    Regardless of how you feel about Ray as a person outside of the field (I felt he always was a bit heavy-handed with God being on his side, therefore he should win), he certainly left it all out there. His enthusiasm for the game was, for me, always contagious. He seemed to be one of the few left that openly loved playing the game, even after so long. Losing Birk and Lewis (and possibly Reed) and their veteran leadership is going to be a massive hit that the Ravens will be hard-pressed to recoup.

    Also, seeing Lewis make his second ring 13(?) years after his first gives me hope for Brady yet, heh.

  24. lovefootball4life says: Mar 1, 2013 8:57 AM

    After all the posts and detailed analyses, people still don’t understand the cap impacts of a tag or a deal with Flacco.

    I wish the morons who half read the article and rush to be the first with some stupid comment would just not bother.

  25. iamedreed says: Mar 1, 2013 10:01 AM

    all this talk about salary cap hell for the ravens and they are 18M UNDER the cap??

    Yes im well aware flacco still needs to be signed, but all this cap room is before any contracts have been reconstructed (you taking notes pittsburgh?) and everyone knows boldins getting extended

    back to back champs here we come

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 1, 2013 10:36 AM

    ravgt says:Mar 1, 2013 7:12 AM

    Is that some refernce the the events of 13 years ago. You and your ilk are pathetic and wearisome at this point. Why not give it a rest?
    You’re right, I’m sure the victims should be able to just pop-up out of the ground now 13 years has passed.

    Quite possibly the dumbest post I’ve ever read, and we’ve all seen some of raventor’s posts.

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