Six players for the Baltimore Ravens -- defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, quarterback Joe Flacco, linebacker Terrell Suggs, cornerback Lardarius Webb, running back Ray Rice and guard Marshal Yanda -- account for 55 percent ($70.9 million) of the team's salary cap for 2014.
The Ravens could approach players about taking a pay cut or extending contracts to lessen their salary-cap hit. Which player is the most deserving of a pay cut?
Ngata has the Ravens' highest salary for 2014 at $8.5 million. He finished strong with 18 tackles in his final three games, but he wasn't a playmaker for the second straight season. His 1.5 sacks were his fewest since 2009.
Suggs is scheduled to make $7.8 million in 2014, the final year of his contract. He looked like he was on his way to another Defensive Player of the Year award when he recorded nine sacks in his first eight games. But Suggs disappeared in the second half of the season with 20 tackles and one sack in his final eight games.
Webb's salary spiked from $2.3 million last season to $7.5 million in 2014. He led the Ravens with 23 passes defensed, but Jimmy Smith surpassed him as the No. 1 corner on the team. Coming back from a season-ending knee injury, Webb finished with a career-best 74 tackles and made two interceptions.
Yanda is the Ravens' highest-paid offensive lineman at $5.5 million and remained the Ravens' most consistent blocker. It just wasn't one of his strongest seasons. He was the team's fourth most-penalized player (seven) and led the Ravens with five false starts. Yanda, who had offseason shoulder sugary, had a much stronger second half of the season.
Rice is scheduled to make $4 million after a career-worst season. He managed 660 yards rushing, the first time he failed to gain at least 1,100 yards on the ground in his five years as the Ravens' featured back. His 3.1 yards per carry was the third-worst average among starting running backs. Injuries (hip and thigh) and offensive line play were factors in his disappointing season.
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