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Mailbag: Would the Ravens cut running back Justin Forsett?

Justin Forsett, who turns 31 on Friday, has been showing signs of decline, but will get a chance to reboot his season in Detroit. Rob Carr/Getty Images

It's time to click open the Baltimore Ravens' Twitter mailbag ...

@jamisonhensley: I still see the Ravens bringing back Justin Forsett. This isn't an iron-clad lock. This is based on risk versus reward. If the Ravens cut Forsett, they would gain $2.3 million on salary-cap space but carry $1.4 million in dead money. Is that really worth it considering what the Ravens are left with? Sure, Baltimore has young depth with plenty of upside in Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Terrance West. But all three have troubling flaws. Allen had difficulties holding onto the football, Taliaferro can't stay healthy and West has a history of behavior problems. Of these three, Allen has the most potential and could end up being a better fit in Marc Trestman's offense than Forsett. Still, from my perspective, a couple million in cap room isn't worth trading a 1,000-yard rusher (and a great role model at that position) for three options who are currently question marks as featured backs.

@jamisonhensley: The Ravens, aka the Kings of Compensatory Picks, are not expected to receive the maximum four comp picks for the second consecutive year. Under the formula, Baltimore lost five significant unrestricted free agents (linebacker Pernell McPhee, wide receiver Torrey Smith, tight end Owen Daniels, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and safety Darian Stewart) and signed just one. While that normally would net four comp picks, the analytical website Over The Cap doesn't project Taylor among the 32 comp picks handed out by the NFL because his low average per year ($1.1 million). Over The Cap predicts the Ravens will get two additional fourth-round picks for McPhee and Smith and a sixth-rounder for Daniels. Teams will be able to trade comp picks starting in the 2017 draft.

@jamisonhensley: The last three big-name wide receivers that the Ravens added during the free-agent period were either cut (Derrick Mason and Steve Smith) or acquired through trade (Anquan Boldin). Baltimore typically doesn't sign unrestricted free agents (players whose contracts have expired) because it hurts their chances of accruing compensatory picks (see one question above). If you want to see which receivers might be on the Ravens' radar, you have to start looking at the ones who could be salary-cap casualties. Two who have a good chance at getting released are Victor Cruz (Giants) and Vincent Jackson (Buccaneers). There's a possibility that Roddy White (Falcons) and DeSean Jackson (Redskins) might also be cut for cap reasons. And who knows what's happening with Calvin Johnson in Detroit?

@jamisonhensley: The one bright spot for Matt Schaub was reaching his $1 million incentive for playing in at least 10 percent of the Ravens' snaps this season. By making just two starts, he managed to participate in 12 percent of Baltimore's plays this season (132 of 1,083 snaps). As a result, Schaub collected $3 million this season ($1 million base salary, $1 million signing bonus and $1 million playing incentive). By my count, Schaub made more cash in 2015 than nine of the Ravens' season-opening starters, including linebacker C.J. Mosley, wide receiver Kamar Aiken, nose tackle Brandon Williams, tight end Crockett Gillmore and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan as well as kicker Justin Tucker.