The Ravens made a couple of moves with their secondary today, officially announcing the release of safety Bernard Pollard while re-signing cornerback Chris Johnson and safety James Ihedigbo.
With Pollard officially gone and Ed Reed currently in Houston where he is being recruited by Texans' officials, Ihedigbo is the only experienced safety currently on the Ravens' roster. Also a strong special teams player, Ihedigbo played 16 games, starting three, for the Ravens after they picked him up following his release from the New England Patriots.
Ihedigbo, 29, had 19 tackles and one sack along with six special teams tackles. Ihedigbo played his first four seasons with the New York Jets before joining the Patriots for 2011.
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The Ravens picked up Johnson in mid-November after the 33-year-old had been out of football for nearly a year. In his first game on Nov. 18 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Johnson forced a fumble. He played four games for the Ravens during the regular season and made seven tackles.
Johnson, who started 15 games for the Oakland Raiders in 2009 but was set back by injuries and family tragedy, rejoins a crowded cornerback picture that includes Lardarius Webb, Corey Graham, Jimmy Smith, Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson.
Pollard, a 28-year-old who led the Super Bowl XLVII champions in tackles last season, broke the news of his release Wednesday on his Twitter account.
"Well Raven Nation it's been fun," he wrote. "My time in Baltimore is done ... Thank you!!!"
The release of Pollard saves $1 million under the Ravens' salary cap.
"There are many difficult decisions that we make every offseason," said Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome in a statement released by the team. "They become even more difficult when they involve players who helped us get another Super Bowl trophy.
"He was everything we hoped he would be: physical, tough and well prepared. He was a good partner with Ed on our backside and he fit in well with our team. He helped us get to an AFC championship game and win a Super Bowl and we thank him for all he did for us."