Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain was standing on the edge of the field, watching backup Dannell Ellerbe take the majority of the workload opposite middle linebacker Ray Lewis during a 44-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Baltimore Ravens created some breathing room under the NFL salary cap limit when they signed Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice to a five-year, $40 million maximum value deal that included a $15 million signing bonus.
Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard was rewarded this month with a contract extension, a deal that can keep him in Baltimore through 2015. Pollard made 75 tackles and broke up a career-high 13 passes in 2011, but Pollard insists his attitude and his play won't change now that he has a new deal.
The 10th-ranked Seahawks, however, had enough depth as Jon Carr responded with three goals and two assists in the 7-2 victory to remain undefeated. South River clinched the regular season title and finish conference play Friday against Annapolis before taking on the Howard County champion in the District V championship next week.
By By Todd Karpovich and Special to The Baltimore Sun
The Ravens announced Monday that they have released cornerback Domonique Foxworth. Foxworth, who hails from Randallstown and played college football at Maryland, played in just two games for the Ravens the past two seasons after tearing his right ACL in 2010.
Last year at the NFL Scouting Combine, one of the Ravens' biggest needs was a cornerback and they wound up using two of their first five picks in the draft to address it, selecting Jimmy Smith (Colorado) in the first round and Chykie Brown (Texas) in the fifth.
The NFL scouting combine starts Feb. 22. In advance of the annual meat market in Indianapolis, staff writer Matt Vensel will examine each position and give Ravens fans the 4-1-1. In this post he looks at cornerbacks.
The Ravens are focused on securing contract extensions for Ray Rice and Joe Flacco, but Ben Grubbs' status is unclear. The Ravens will use the franchise tag on its star running back if a new contract can't be worked out. Bringing back the left guard could be difficult.