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Ravens in good shape for free agency

Ravens can now sign Reed to long term deal

OWINGS MILLS -- Now, the Baltimore Ravens can break out owner Steve Bisciotti's checkbook. Upon the approval of a new collective bargaining agreement by NFL owners' 30-2 vote, the league has achieved labor peace and a salary cap of $102 million for the 2006 fiscal calendar. Free agency is supposed to begin Friday at 12:01 a.m, although it's likely to be delayed another day.

And the $7.5 million boost from a cap of $94.5 million should leave Baltimore about $22.4 million underneath the cap with substantial freedom to attempt to sign several of its own unrestricted free agents, including: nose guard Maake Kemoeatu, linebacker Bart Scott, running back Chester Taylor, punter Dave Zastudil and, possibly, defensive end Tony Weaver...

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