The Ravens cut veteran defensive end Chris Canty on Friday morning, a transaction that saves the team $2.66 million against the salary cap.
Canty, 32, was entering the final year of a three-year, $8 million contract.
Canty had contemplated retirement after the season, but he has been training regularly and had communicated to the Ravens that he intends to continue playing. He was regarded as a respected leader in the locker room.
His release comes two days after the Ravens terminated wide receiver-kick returner Jacoby Jones' four-year, $12 million contract, a move that saved them $750,000.
Canty missed five games last season, including four for a staph infection in his wrist and thumb. He had 33 tackles, a half-sack and a forfced fumble in 11 starts.
In 10 NFL seasons, the former Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants defensive lineman has 335 career tackles, 21.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.
The Ravens have young defensive linemen Timmy Jernigan, Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore as...Read more
Editor's note: As Penn State free safety Adrian Amos gets ready for the NFL draft, the former Calvert Hall standout will be sharing details about his preparations with Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson. The 6-foot, 218-pound All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention selection has been projected anywhere from the third round to the fifth round by draft analysts. Here's his fourth entry in the series, coming off his participation in last week's NFL scouting combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds and had a 35.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-2 broad jump, a 4.03 in the 20-yard shuttle and an 11.33 in the 60-yard shuttle:
It was a lot of long days, getting everything done from meeting with coaches to 11:30 at night to waking up real early at 4 o'clock, 5 o'clock to urine tests and a whole bunch of other doctor examinations and MRIs. They really examine everything to see what they're going to invest in. I can't complain too much. This is what I asked for.
I didn't get to eat too...Read more
The Ravens were one of the highest-spending teams in the NFL over the past two years on player salaries, investing a combined $252.25 million in contracts, according to NFL Players Association figures.
The Ravens spent up to 98.54 percent against the salary cap, well above the minimum requirement.
NFL teams must spend a minimum cash requirement of 89 percent of the salary cap between 2013 and 2017. If a team fails to do so, it has to pay the difference to the NFLPA, which is free to distribute the money as it sees fit.
"There are a lot of teams out there that don’t spend to the cap, and we do," Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said during the team's annual State of the Ravens news conference Tuesday. "I’m always envious of those teams right about this time of the year, and then they’re envious of me when we are in the playoffs."
The Ravens spent $125.778 million in cash in 2013 and $126.479 million in 2014.
The salary cap was $133 million last year. It's expected to go up to $143 million...Read more
When the Ravens signed tight end Owen Daniels to a one-year, $1 million contract last year, they did so with the idea that he would complement Dennis Pitta at the position.
When Pitta disclocated and fractured his right hip for the second time within a year last September, Daniels emerged as the starter. He finished third on the Ravens with 48 catches for 527 yards and four touchdowns.
Daniels, 32, has informed the Ravens that he would like to return for another season. Daniels is an unrestricted free agent, so a contract would have to be worked out.
"We’ve talked to Owen, and Owen says he wants to come back," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said this week. "I’m sure that he and his agent will talk about what’s best for them financially, and every other way, but he’s very interested in coming back here.”
As for Pitta, there's no change in his status.
Pitta may or may not be cleared to play again as he continues to rehab his hip. He is determined to try to play, and his contract is...Read more
Former Ravens and Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Michael Oher recently visited the Carolina Panthers, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.
A former first-round draft pick from Mississippi, Oher started every game over five seasons with the Ravens.
Oher, 28, signed a five-year, $20 million contract as a free agent last year with the Titans.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Oher was released after the season with a waived-injured designation. According to a source, Oher is nearly completely healthy now.
Oher was paid $6 million by the Titans this past season. If he had remained on their roster, $3.35 million of Oher's scheduled $4 million base salary for 2015 would have been guaranteed.
Oher started the first 11 games at right tackle for the Titans before being placed on injured reserve with a toe injury. Oher didn't draw high grades with the Titans, but started all 80 games in five seasons with the Ravens. He played his best football played during their Super Bowl...Read more
Jacoby Jones emerged as a Super Bowl XLVII hero two years ago, hitting his high mark with the Ravens during a victory over the San Francisco 49ers in which he scored two touchdowns.
Jones’ time with the Ravens ended Wednesday when the team terminated his four-year, $12 million contract. It wasn’t a surprising roster move considering Jones plummeted on the wide receiver depth chart last season and was no longer as consistently dangerous or reliable as a kick returner.
His departure is unlikely to be the only change within the next two weeks as free agency approaches and the Ravens contend with a tight salary cap situation. The team is hoping to restructure contracts for defensive tackle Haloti Ngata ($16 million salary cap figure) and cornerback Lardarius Webb ($12 million) and no deals are imminent, according to sources.
Team officials and teammates said they anticipated the 2012 Pro Bowl selection would be released despite his past success with the team. Jones, 30, became much less...Read more