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Ravens not re-signing All-Pro long snapper Morgan Cox, ending veteran’s tenure after 11 years

“I would think of him as the best long snapper in Baltimore Ravens history,” DeCosta said at his season-ending news conference.

The Ravens will not re-sign long snapper Morgan Cox, general manager Eric DeCosta said Monday, ending the veteran’s 11-year tenure with the team.

Cox, 34, is a pending unrestricted free agent. DeCosta said that he met with Cox last week to inform him that the team would not extend an offer to keep him in Baltimore.

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“I would think of him as the best long snapper in Baltimore Ravens history,” DeCosta said at his season-ending news conference. “And as good as he is as a long snapper, he’s a better teammate and a better guy.”

Cox was just named the first-ever Associated Press All-Pro long snapper, a new distinction this season to recognize the often-forgotten position. The four-time Pro Bowl selection appeared in all but one game since 2015. In 2019, Cox became one of the first two long snappers to be officially voted into the Pro Bowl; the position was previously selected to the All-Star game by the respective teams’ coaching staff.

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“To me, it should be that way,” coach John Harbaugh said earlier this month of the position’s inclusion. “It’s a position that plays and really matters. So Morgan has been great at it for a long time. It’s nice to see it recognized out there. I’m very happy for him. ... He’s well deserving of it. It makes us all very proud.”

For nine seasons, Cox, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010, paired with kicker Justin Tucker and punter Sam Koch to form the “Wolfpack,” one of the most consistent kicking batteries in the NFL. The trio formed a close bond off the field. “We’ve been blessed for many, many years now with Morgan, with Sam, with Justin, to have probably the best combination of punter, long snapper and kicker in the league,” DeCosta said.

While Tucker and Koch garnered annual praise as the best at their respective positions, they were also quick to link their success to the steady and precise snapping of Cox. Tucker called Cox “the best long snapper in the NFL” after he was named to the 2020 Pro Bowl.

“For somebody like a long snapper to not get any recognition for the life of the NFL, that’s kind of bull,” Koch told the team website after Cox was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2019. “You watch the snappers out there in the league, you realize who’s the best one. … He’s got the consistency, the willingness to learn and to actually block people.”

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The nine-season partnership was cherished by the “Wolfpack” trio. Cox once referred to their group scheming as the team’s “R&D department.”

“We don’t shy away from words, the three of us,” Cox said earlier this season, before Koch played in his record 230th game as a Raven. “I know Sam’s form as well as anybody, so if I see something dipping a little bit … I’ll point it out. Same thing with him for me. It’s never a personal thing, but it’s, ‘Hey, let’s not take a step back.’”

Cox, one of just six remaining players from the franchise’s last Super Bowl team, was also a respected leader in the Ravens’ locker room, contributing recently to the team’s social justice efforts. He was part of a player committee that worked to determine which Baltimore-area organizations would be the recipients of a $1 million donation from the Ravens and owner Steve Bisciotti’s foundation.

The Ravens will now turn to Nick Moore, an undrafted rookie from Georgia who spent the season on the practice squad. Moore was often protected on the practice squad and filled in for one game when Cox landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The team signed Moore to a reserve/futures contract last week.

“He’s a younger player and we felt that, although it was very difficult to move on from Morgan, it was probably something that we needed to do long-term,” DeCosta said.

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