BALTIMORE (WJZ) — More offseason changes for the Ravens.
The team has cut veteran players Jameel McClain and Vonta Leach.
McClain has been a Ravens linebacker for six seasons. This past year, he made a comeback from a spine injury that jeopardized his career.
That comeback led his teammates to vote McClain the Ravens’ “Ed Block Courage Award” winner.
By cutting McClain, the Ravens free up about $3 million in salary cap space.
Fullback Vonta Leach is used to getting cut. The Ravens let him go a year ago and then resigned him for the 2013 season, but he was seldom used and was obviously expendable.
Leach played three seasons with the Ravens–twice named a Pro Bowler.
GM Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh released statements thanking Leach and McClain for their services, adding it’s possible both could be re-signed by the team.
“Vonta and Jameel are two of our most important players over the last few seasons, helping us to the playoffs and giving the Ravens the Super Bowl win after the 2012 season,” Newsome stated. “Vonta proved to be one of the best fullbacks in the league, plus he added leadership and toughness to our offense. Jameel is a Ravens’ success story who came to us as a rookie free agent. He changed positions from playing on the defensive line and outside to becoming a good inside linebacker and starter. People close to our team understand his commitment to being the best he can be and the leadership he gave on and off the field.
“There could come a point later on when we would consider bringing back Vonta and Jameel. They are our types of players.”
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