The Baltimore Ravens are trying to gain as much cap space as possible before the start of free agency. Not necessarily to sign other players, but to retain their own. Of course that means there will be losses along the way, as of today, Chris Canty and Jacoby Jones are no longer Ravens.
Baltimore was able to save $750,000 by cutting Jones and $2.66 million in space per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Canty came over from the Giant in 2013, unfortunately he was never able to really live up to the expectations Baltimore had when they signed him due to injuries. The 32-year old defensive end is a versatile player and barring his health, should be able to find himself on another competitive team next season.
Jacoby Jones was always a stellar return an from the day he set foot in Baltimore, but he never became a consistent option at receiver. It’s not surprising a team wouldn’t want to pay a kick returner and a kick returner only, $2.5 million a year. Jones played a huge role in Baltimore’s last Super Bowl victory and has delivered countless other times in the return game. Hopefully fans remember those times and not the inconsistencies in the passing game, the big drops, he has great speed. Just was never able to turn into a serviceable downfield weapon.
These two moves barely moved the needle for the Ravens as they have two key players making a ton of money this upcoming season. Haloti Ngata the outstanding defensive end is scheduled to make $16 million this season, obviously Baltimore wouldn’t want him to be one of those cap casualties.
Canty on Ngata ‘Hopefully they give the big fella what he’s asking for because he’s worth it. It’d be tough to imagine both of us not there’
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 27, 2015
The other key player is the best cover guy in the secondary, he was hurt two seasons ago, but made it through last season and Baltimore was happy to have him back. Lardarius Webb is due $12 million this season if the Ravens can’t work out a restructure. Baltimore can ill afford to lose them both, this decision once it is made will heavily impact Baltimore’s draft plans.