Ravens outside linebacker Sergio Kindle isn't losing his patience despite an unproductive season that began with raised expectations.
Inactive for all but one game with one tackle to his credit, the former second-round draft pick is signed to the Ravens' practice squad after clearing waivers Monday following being cut Saturday.
"It could be, but it hasn't," Kindle said when asked if he's frustrated. "Being frustrated isn't going to help, so why do it? I feel like there should be more motivation, but my motivation was never deterred regardless."
The former All-Big 12 selection from Texas was released to create a roster spot for Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.
Since Kindle hadn't played since the second game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles when he had his lone NFL tackle, the transaction was predictable.
"Yeah, it's a business," said Kindle, a 2010 draft pick who fractured his skull before his rookie season and suffered permanent hearing damage in his left ear. "I know the business aspect of it. Being upset wasn't going to get me back on the team."
Kindle was playing under a $469,960 base salary and making $27,644 per game. Now, he's on a practice squad salary of $96,900 with a weekly check of $5,750.
The change in status won't affect Kindle's activity level.
"It's basically what I've been doing," Kindle said. "I wasn't playing in the game. If anything changed, it's just the title."
Kindle said he was told not to say if he heard from any other teams while he was briefly an unrestricted free agent. The Ravens informed Kindle's agent, Joel Segal, on Saturday that they were interested in him joining the practice squad.
Kindle said he wasn't sure what he needed to do to get back on the active roster, but emphasized that he does feel he's made strides as a player this year.
"I feel like I've improved as a player all the way around," Kindle said. "Whatever they're asking of me specifically, I wouldn't know yet."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun