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Heap was shocked by release from Ravens

Todd Heap always expected to retire with the Ravens. That is, until he received a phone call from general manager Ozzie Newsome on July 25.

The Ravens informed the tight end that they were cutting him to save $4.6 in salary-cap room.

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"I was not expecting what was coming out his mouth," Heap told reporters in Arizona via the Arizona Republic. "But, hey, I've been around this league for a long time. I've seen a lot of different things happen and that definitely wasn't one of the most crazy things I've seen."

Heap signed a two-year contract worth about $6 million with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

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Heap, 31, said he's healthy and has "many years left in front of me." He said last year's production with the Ravens (40 passes for 599 yards and five touchdowns) was "just a taste" of what he could do with the Cardinals.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish here," Heap said.

Heap spent the past 10 years with the Ravens since being their first-round pick in 2001. Now, he goes back to the state where he went to high school and college (Arizona State).

"In one respect, I'm sad to see that era end, but I'm even more excited to see this one begin," Heap said. "When you get drafted, you make that your home. That's been my home for the last 10 years. But this is really home. This is where I grew up. This is where I've seen the Cardinals since Day One. I've seen the ups and downs. I thought, what better way to finish my career than to take the Cardinals back to the top?"

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