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Ravens take a pass on tendering contracts to Brynden Trawick, Marlon Brown

Ravens take a pass on tendering contracts to Brynden Trawick, Marlon Brown
Brynden Trawick stretches before the Ravens host the San Diego Chargers. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Not long after the free agent market opened at 4 p.m. Wedneday, the Ravens announced that their two-year, $7 million deal with veteran tight end Benjamin Watson was official.

But that's been the team's only roster addition to this point. The Ravens have had a few roster subtractions.

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The Ravens confirmed that they didn't tender a contract to restricted free agents Marlon Brown, Brynden Trawick and Micajah Reynolds. None of those moves were surprising. However, the team's decision to extend a $1.67 million low tender to tight end Chase Ford was surprising.

Ford didn't play a single game with the Ravens in 2015 after they signed him off the Minnesota Vikings practice squad. The Ravens' decision to tender him a contract, coupled with the quick-strike signing of Watson, shows that the team has legitimate concerns about the readiness of starting tight end Crockett Gillmore for the 2016 season.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said late last month that Gillmore has torn labrums in both of his shoulders and needed a couple of surgeries.

The Ravens have not ruled out bringing back Brown, Trawick and Reynolds on lesser deals. However, all three can now sign elsewhere and at least Trawick, a reserve safety and a good special teams player, could attract some interest elsewhere.

The 26-year-old Trawick led the team with nine special teams tackles last season in addition to playing in the team's goal-line defense. An undrafted free agent out of Troy in 2013, Trawick has played 38 games over the past three seasons with the team.

Brown had 49 catches for 524 yards and seven touchdowns as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013. In two seasons since, he had just 38 catches for 367 yards and no touchdowns, and struggled to stay healthy.

Reynolds spent the 2015 season on injured reserve.

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