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Report: Cutting Rice now would cause a $5.5 million cap hit for 2014

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At present, the Ravens have just three running backs on the roster: Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce and Cierre Wood. A fourth running back, Bernard Scott, is slated to be an unrestricted free agent.

In short, the Ravens would seem likely to be adding to the position in the new league year, whether via the draft or free agency.

Pierce’s future is part of this puzzle. He’s signed for two more years at low base salaries ($570,000 in 2014, $660,000 in 2015). If he plays well next season in new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s scheme, he’ll enhance his value entering his contract year. Whether he’ll sign a second deal with Baltimore — and how much he would cost to re-sign — are issues still to be determined.

And then there’s the matter of Rice’s future in Baltimore, which was a topic of speculation even before news broke of his Saturday arrest on a simple assault charge in Atlantic City. The 27-year-old Rice was held to 660 yards rushing on 214 carries in 2013.

Acoording to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, cutting Rice now would result in a $5.5 million salary-cap hit in 2014. Were the release to be designated as a post-June 1 cut, the move would save the Ravens $4 million in 2014 but count as $9.5 million against the cap in 2015, Hensley reported.

As Hensley noted, there has been no indication the Ravens would be looking to move on from Rice. But that the topic of a Ravens team without Rice is even worth pondering speaks volumes about the tough several months he’s had.

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12 Responses to “Report: Cutting Rice now would cause a $5.5 million cap hit for 2014”
  1. netrunner2k2 says: Feb 19, 2014 8:04 PM

    Do the right thing (they won’t).

  2. jakec4 says: Feb 19, 2014 8:05 PM

    Pierce can’t be any kind of a feature back because he’s always getting hurt.

  3. jmblosser82 says: Feb 19, 2014 8:10 PM

    Tough pill to swallow

  4. ballboy48 says: Feb 19, 2014 8:28 PM

    Looks like they will be looking for a RB in the draft.

  5. djlexluger says: Feb 19, 2014 9:12 PM

    The right thing is to let this play out before rushing to judgement. Draft a RB, but let this play out.

  6. ravensdominate says: Feb 19, 2014 9:15 PM

    We’re a first class organization. We’ll do what makes the most sense both economically and ethically. Rice has no violence in his past. This is an ugly situation but I’m a second chance guy. Everyone makes mistakes.

  7. agc99 says: Feb 19, 2014 9:15 PM

    The video says it all.

  8. nokoolaidcowboy says: Feb 19, 2014 9:29 PM

    I just saw the clip.

    Indefensible.

  9. bmore44 says: Feb 19, 2014 9:54 PM

    What a mess!

  10. slick50ks says: Feb 20, 2014 9:53 AM

    Rice being so overrated will make cutting him sting a lot less.

  11. faninvirginia says: Feb 20, 2014 1:41 PM

    Has anyone figured out if the hit is the same if he is suspended from the NFL? Or is there a possible clause in his contract for behavior or arrest that would allow it to be simply voided?

  12. bauldrdash says: Feb 21, 2014 2:36 AM

    If the Ravens keep Rice they care nothing for America or Americans.

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