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Ravens Insider: Ravens salary cap moves: LT Ronnie Stanley reportedly agrees to reworked contract; OLB Tyus Bowser reportedly released


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Left tackle Ronnie Stanley will return for a ninth season with the Ravens, but outside linebacker Tyus Bowser will not be back for a seventh.

Stanley, who will turn 30 next week, has reportedly agreed to a reworked contract, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

While the details have yet to be disclosed, he was due to count $26.2 million against the salary cap — the team’s second-highest cap hit behind quarterback Lamar Jackson — and previously slated to make $15 million for the 2024 season after signing an extension in 2020. Instead, he’ll play on less in base pay but could reach or surpass that number, according to the report.

The reworked contract helps Baltimore get under the salary cap as well as open space for its myriad needs.

In another move made to create more cap space, the Ravens are reportedly releasing veteran outside linebacker Tyus Bowser, The Athletic reported. That will create about $5.5 million of cap space.

Bowser, who had a career-high seven sacks in 2021, did not play in 2023 because of a knee injury and played only nine games the year before as he worked his way back from a torn Achilles.

The Ravens, who began the day in the red on the league’s new $255.4 million cap after agreeing to a two-year deal with former Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry that will pay him a reported $9 million this coming season, have to be cap compliant when the new league year opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Stanley’s re-worked contract and Bowser’s release are just two of several moves that are expected to be made.

Retaining Stanley also helps keep at least some of the Ravens’ offensive line intact, with guards Kevin Zeitler a free agent and John Simpson agreeing to a two-year deal with the New York Jets.

Stanley, who has been the Ravens’ starting left tackle since 2016, struggled through injuries last season, missing four games with a knee injury. He has never played a full season, though he was an All-Pro and a Pro Bowl selection in 2019 and has been a key member of a line that helped clear the way for the NFL’s leading rushing attack.

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