Usually teams know who their starters will be, and then coaches deliberate about who will fill out the final roster. In the Ravens' case, they signed new players like Elvis Dumervil, Michael Huff, Chris Canty and Marcus Spears—all of whom have started many games in the NFL.
Figuring that those players are safe, let's turn our attention to those players on the bubble. Whether it was trouble with the law, a poor work ethic, poor performance or lackadaisical practicing, there are a handful of players who may not make the team this year even though they've shown signs of being able to contribute in the past.
The five players on this list count as a collective $3,139,971 against Baltimore's 2013 cap number, per Spotrac.com. On average, that's $627,994.20 per player. So if the Ravens need to make a personnel decision based on two similar players, wouldn't they cut the player who would do them the least financial harm?
The competition is thick at several positions, so these bubble players can ill afford to give anything but their best.