Rookie McAdoo has long road ahead of him (plus Ravens cap update)

Apparently, the Eagles still have a little bit of money to throw around.

After giving away big-money contracts like they're candy all offseason, the Eagles opened up their checkbook one more time, giving quarterback Michael Vick a six-year, $100 million contract yesterday.

If you're scoring at home, that's two $100 million contracts that Vick has signed in his career. I'd gladly take one, and you'd never hear from me again.

While we're discussing money, here's this bit of news: the Ravens are currently $2.3 million under the salary cap, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

It's important to note that the cap number is only based on the contracts of the 51 highest-paid players on the roster. It will obviously be adjusted once teams make their final roster cuts on Saturday.

On a completely separate topic (I don't have a relevant transition in me), most of the Ravens' undrafted free agents began practicing July 28. Michael McAdoo, who went undrafted in last week's supplemental draft and subsequently signed with the Ravens, had his first practice in Owings Mills on Saturday, Aug. 27.

So, yeah, I guess it would be fair to say the former UNC defensive end is a little bit behind the rest of his competition.

"Everybody's got an upper hand against me," McAdoo said yesterday. "I've just got to come here and work hard and see how it plays out."

As if his limited practice time with the Ravens wasn't enough, McAdoo has another large hurdle he needs to overcome - he hasn't played organized football since 2009 after being declared permanently ineligible by the NCAA because of academic misconduct.

Michael_McAdoo-sidebar-UNC.jpgWhile McAdoo has size (6-foot-7, 245-lbs.) and potential, he only has four days left to make an impression on the Ravens' coaches before final roster cuts are made. Even head coach John Harbaugh admitted that won't be an easy task.

"It's impossible for him to come in and contribute in any way," Harbaugh said. "He hasn't played football in two years. He's just a young kid. They say he's talented, so we'll just kind of look at him and see how he does. I say that's a flyer right now. It'll be fun to see how it works out."

McAdoo, who recorded 29 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks at UNC, calls himself a "get-off-the-ball pass rusher". He lined up at defensive end at UNC, but given his wiry frame, he's been moved to outside linebacker in his two practices with the Ravens.

Asked his first impressions of McAdoo, defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano acknowledged the rookie's ability, but the need to improve his strength.

"Big, tall, long, angular guy that has been away from football for a while and needs to get with (strength and conditioning coaches) Bobby (Rogucki) and 'Mother' (John Dunn) and spend a tremendous amount of time in the weight room - getting stronger and getting more physical that way," Pagano said. "But, he's got skills. I know right now that he can be an edge pass rusher. But he's got to go to work in the weight room and put some bulk on that frame."

At this point, McAdoo's best shot to stick around Owings Mills would be to earn a spot on the Ravens' practice squad.

The rookie acknowledges that he's got a ways to go from a conditioning perspective due to his long layoff, but he's not letting the late start get him down.

"I'm catching on fast," he said. "They can't throw enough stuff at me."

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