Mark Dominik, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager who is a current ESPN analyst, put together the best team that $132 million salary cap dollars could buy. Three Baltimore Ravens players made the cut, including the entire left side of their offensive line.
This is an Insider piece, so I can't reveal the whole team. I can let you know that the Ravens had the most players of the AFC North teams. The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns had two players each, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were shut out.
Here are the three Ravens included on what is being called the "ultimate 53-man NFL roster" ...
Eugene Monroe, left tackle: Monroe isn't a Pro Bowl player, but he's athletic, a hard worker and very durable. The Ravens re-signed him to a cap friendly deal this offseason. His cap number ($3.2 million) ranks 23rd among all left tackles. "As I went through offensive lineman and their 2014 salaries, Monroe really stood out for me as a big-time value with talent," Dominik wrote.
Kelechi Osemele, left guard: Osemele has been impressive this summer after back surgery sidelined him for the second half of last season. He's looking like a Pro Bowl talent, which means he'll outplay his rookie deal. His cap number this year is less than $1 million. "I like his size and believe he is going to continue to ascend as a player," Dominik wrote.
Justin Tucker, kicker: In two seasons, he has the highest career field-goal percentage (91.9 percent) among all active kickers with at least 60 attempts. The Ravens are really getting a bargain when you consider the cap number for this formerly undrafted player is $570,000. "I really value punters and kickers [too many people take these positions for granted until it costs them a game], but when you have a blank roster, this is an area where I had to save money. Regardless, I still got one of the best," Dominik wrote.