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Ravens set for free agency

OWINGS MILLS -- Impending economic disaster is afoot in the NFL with a high-stakes labor confrontation threatening the league's salary-cap system, several high profile players' jobs and franchises' ability to compete. However, the Baltimore Ravens appear equipped to weather this financial ice age.

The Ravens are an estimated $11.9 million to $16 million underneath a projected salary-cap limit of $95 million if no collective bargaining agreement extension is reached prior to Thursday afternoon. Unlike the bloated payrolls of the Oakland Raiders ($26 million over), Miami Dolphins ($21.9 million over), Kansas City Chiefs ($21.7 million) and Washington Redskins ($17 million over), the...