A numbers game

Get ready for an entry filled with numbers. I know it’s summer break, so I’ll make sure no math will be necessary.

After wearing No. 85 for his first three practices as a Raven, wide receiver Lee Evans has finagled No. 83 away from tight end Ed Dickson. Evans, who wore 83 with the Bills, will get his previous number back starting tomorrow, while Dickson will move to No. 84.

Undrafted rookie tight end Johdrick Morris, who previously sported No. 84, will bump up one number to No. 85.

Essentially, Evans, Dickson and Morris engaged in a three-way trade. Terms of the trade have not been disclosed.

Meanwhile, we have a new salary cap breakdown to look over, courtesy of ProFootballTalk.com.

According to PFT, the Ravens are currently. $2.8 million under the salary cap. Nine teams have less cap space remaining than Baltimore.

If you were wondering, the Steelers are $4.4 million under the cap, while the Bengals and Browns are $25.9 million and $24.5 million under the cap, respectively.

Those figures only include the 51 highest base salaries currently on a team’s 90-man roster, and all the bonus money the team owes. The cap figure obviously can adjust as teams make roster moves and cut players.

GM Ozzie Newsome can clear plenty of cap room this year if he’s able to agree to a long-term contract with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Currently, Ngata is owed $12.5 million under the franchise tag, but his base salary this season would be dramatically lower than that figure if a multi-year deal is reached.

The Ravens still have needs along the offensive line and at backup quarterback.

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