The Baltimore Ravens have dumped veteran defensive lineman Trevor Pryce.
Pryce, a 14-year veteran, appeared in each of the team’s first three games. He joined the Ravens in 2006 after being cut by the Broncos, and Pryce started 16 games in his first year with the Ravens. He also started 16 games in 2008, and he appeared in all 16 games in 2009.
Per a league source, the Ravens made the move in order to create a roster spot for safety Ken Hamlin, who was cut earlier this month. Pryce could return to the team as soon as next week.
Because the move comes on a Wednesday, Pryce already will receive his game check for Week Four. Also, he’ll be entitled to take the balance of his $2 million salary, if he so chooses. Pryce could even sign with a new team and take his termination pay from the Ravens, if he so chooses.
If the Ravens are indeed playing the 54-man roster trick by dumping Pryce and signing Hamlin, they apparently wanted to get Hamlin on board so that he could prepare for possible duty against the Steelers.