Baltimore Ravens

Ravens cut Aaron Mellette and Adrian Hamilton

The Ravens have cut wide receiver Aaron Mellette and outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton in advance of a mandatory minicamp that starts today at team headquarters.

Both players were waived after they failed physicals. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team would consider bringing them back if their health improves.


It creates a pair of roster vacancies while the Ravens audition four veteran cornerbacks over the next three days: Aaron Ross, Drayton Florence, Marquice Cole and Dominique Franks.

Both Mellette and Hamilton spent last season on injured reserve. Mellette was entering the second year of a $2.095 million contract that included a $45,896 signing bonus. Hamilton was playing under a $420,000 exclusive-rights tender.


Mellette, a seventh-round draft pick who set Southern Conference records at Elon and had a promising training camp last year, had knee surgery last year.

Mellette, who had nine receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns during the 2013 preseason, was still dealing with knee problems during organized team activities this spring. He practiced the last two weeks but was held out of practice earlier this spring.

Hamilton was signed in 2012 after being cut by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie. He was practicing without restrictions this spring after undergoing wrist surgery last year.

Hamilton had 22 sacks in his final season at Prairie View A&M, where he was the Football Championship Subdivision Defensive Player of the Year.