Ravens' 'final' roster may not be so final

Ravens' 'final' roster may not be so final
August 31, 2013, 11:15 am
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Regarding the Ravens’ cutdown Saturday to a roster of 53, keep in mind that it is often far from a “final” roster.

For example, last year, running back Bobby Rainey was on the 53 after cutdown day, but shortly thereafter was replaced on the roster by Anthony Allen, who had been let go. So far, it’s the same situation — Rainey on, Allen off. We’ll see if it stays that way.

Another issue to consider is how teams sometimes look to save money on veterans by waiting to sign them until after the first regular-season game. First, there may be the matter of the veteran’s salary, which a team may want to negotiate down. Then there is the issue of being on the hook for the entire amount with a player you may not be sure you want to keep all season. Veterans with at least four years are guaranteed their full salaries for the year if they are on the roster for the first game.

And if you’re doing the math, don’t be surprised if the Ravens go under 53. As pointed out by Herm Edwards on ESPN Saturday morning, a club may down to 51 so it has room to immediately add a player or two the team has been eying, believing he was going to be cut.