The Baltimore Ravens will find out in nine months if they've done enough in free agency to return to the playoffs. As for right now, all anybody knows is the Ravens haven't played it cheap.
The Ravens have given out $53 million in guaranteed money in free agency so far, which easily tops the AFC North. The Cleveland Browns are the only team that's close at $43 million (if you include center Alex Mack's $10 million transition tag).
The Pittsburgh Steelers have given $18.2 million in guaranteed money (if you include linebacker Jason Worilds' $9.75 million transition tag). The Cincinnati Bengals rank a distant last at $6.1 million.
To put it in perspective, the Ravens gave offensive tackle Eugene Monroe more guaranteed money ($19 million) than what the Steelers have spent on all of their free agents. The most guaranteed money given by the Bengals this offseason is $4.4 million to defensive tackle Domata Peko. The Ravens have given more guaranteed money to four players.
The Steelers have been limited in what they can spend because of very little salary cap space. They currently only have $1.5 million in cap room.
The Bengals, though, still have the third-most cap room in the league at $27 million.
Here's a breakdown on the guaranteed money given out by the Ravens in free agency:
OT Eugene Monroe (re-signed): Five years, $37.5 million ($19 million guaranteed)
TE Dennis Pitta (re-signed): Five years, $32 million ($16 million guaranteed)
C Jeremy Zuttah (Buccaneers): Five years, $18 million ($6.5 million guaranteed)
WR Jacoby Jones (re-signed): Four years, $12 million ($4.5 million guaranteed)
MLB Daryl Smith (re-signed): Four years, $13.6 million ($3.5 million signing bonus)
WR Steve Smith (Panthers): Three years, $11.5 million ($3.5 million guaranteed)
SS Darian Stewart (Rams): One year, $1.3 million ($300,000 guaranteed)
S Jeromy Miles (re-signed): One year, $795,000 ($35,000 guaranteed)