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Todd Heap, Kelly Gregg get the boot from Ravens

Ravens' Heap catches a touchdown pass in front of Clark of the Steelers in the first half of their AFC Divisional NFL playoff football game in Pittsburgh AP

We expected Willis McGahee to get released, but the Ravens pulled a few surprises Monday.

Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun reports the team has informed tight end Todd Heap and defensive tackle Kelly Gregg of their impending release.  Gregg could be brought back at a lower price.  It’s uncertain whether Heap may get the same chance.

Both players joined the Ravens in 2001, and have been among the most respected players in the franchise since the team moved from Cleveland.  Heap was due $4.6 million, while Gregg was due $3.5 million.

The Ravens drafted Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta in the 2010 draft, and clearly felt they were prepared to move on from Heap. Dickson could be a big part of the team’s offense.

Yeah, these moves probably won’t quiet those Nnamdi Asomugha rumors in Baltimore.

UPDATE: Wow, they cut Derrick Mason too.  That’s the most surprising one yet.  Perhaps he could be brought back at a lower price, but it looks like the Ravens are dead set on getting younger and faster.   (And possibly making some big splashes in free agency.)

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35 Responses to “Todd Heap, Kelly Gregg get the boot from Ravens”
  1. jimmysee says: Jul 25, 2011 7:09 PM

    That was fast.

  2. trbowman says: Jul 25, 2011 7:09 PM

    They cut Derrick Mason. Think they’re eyeing Steve Smith or even Santonio Holmes?

  3. chc36 says: Jul 25, 2011 7:09 PM

    Don’t forget Derrick Mason… as a Ravens fan I’m going to go cry for a while…

  4. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 25, 2011 7:10 PM

    Wow. Firing spree. Somebody needs cap room… But for whom?

  5. broncobeta says: Jul 25, 2011 7:11 PM

    Ozzie works fast/.

  6. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 25, 2011 7:12 PM

    So they saved a whopping 8 million when Nnamdi’s contract will need to be at least 16 mill a year?

  7. nikuk says: Jul 25, 2011 7:14 PM

    damn is it nice to have articles like this back on the site.

    Speculative player moves that have some teeth that is.

    Hurrah.

  8. ravensfreak00 says: Jul 25, 2011 7:14 PM

    Todd Heap and Derrick Mason are the real surprises here.

  9. skoobyfl says: Jul 25, 2011 7:14 PM

    Please God let the Bills get a real TE like Heap !!

  10. asarabi says: Jul 25, 2011 7:15 PM

    Heap would make a nice fit in Buffalo. The Bills haven’t had a TE that can catch since the mid-90′s.

  11. vegas691 says: Jul 25, 2011 7:17 PM

    Wow on Kelly Gregg. Hope he gets resigned or lands on a good defense somewhere in the league. Great person. Good DT.

  12. hawkeye6 says: Jul 25, 2011 7:18 PM

    McGahee, Heap, Mason and Gregg are nothing to scoff at. Put your stock in a bunch of rookies, and the mistakes will come back and bite you. Hope they know what they’re doing.

  13. rstbuilders says: Jul 25, 2011 7:21 PM

    Man, you hate to see players like Heap and Gregg go but that’s the biz. Todd’s worse enemy was Kyle Boller, he absolutely killed him over the middle for years…at least when he wasn’t throwin pix! Good luck HEEEEEEEEEEEEAP! As well Buddy Lee.

  14. dbellina says: Jul 25, 2011 7:21 PM

    Wow. Ernie is losing a lot of his weapons this year.

  15. onebadace says: Jul 25, 2011 7:21 PM

    Derrick Mason? They cut DERRICK MASON? He’s been so consistent on that team that if they don’t bring him back (and he doesn’t retire), then look for him to show up somewhere else, EASILY.

    I wonder who they are looking at getting across from Boldin? Malcom Floyd? Sims-Walker?

    Also, what TEs are out there to replace Heap? Shockey?

  16. everydayimfumbilin says: Jul 25, 2011 7:22 PM

    derrick mason huh he’ll probably retire

  17. tmaczoozoo says: Jul 25, 2011 7:23 PM

    WTF?!

    This is getting all kinds of crazy!

    Next thing you know, they’re going to sign TO and O-NO..

  18. dbellina says: Jul 25, 2011 7:24 PM

    Haha I meant Bert not Ernie. Sorry Flacco.

  19. lucky5934 says: Jul 25, 2011 7:24 PM

    I sure hope the Giants sign him quickly. They were looking for depth and/or upgrade at TE.

  20. jstreet1985 says: Jul 25, 2011 7:29 PM

    as a ravens fan im about to lose it…mcgahee and gregg we can do without but todd heap and derrick mason thats rediculous..alot of people can say that they r old and dont have much left but mason has been flaccos number 1 since day 1 and same goes with heap..now i just feel like we took another step back from the big show..just when im happy the lockouts over i have to read this fml

  21. tdk24 says: Jul 25, 2011 7:33 PM

    Of course they cut them. They are soft because they never killed a man before.

  22. waccoforflacco says: Jul 25, 2011 7:40 PM

    Its a young man’s game and these guys were NOT the right player/right price in Ozzie’s eyes.
    Plus Heap has gotten real brittle…Gregg has had micro fracture knee surgery, and Mason is purely a sideline/curl pattern receiver who can’t get deep.
    I’m convinced that Ozzie has been given the word from Bisciotti to get the players we need to put us over the hump to beat the Steelers and get rid of the guys that just kept us where we were last year…that’s not good enough.

  23. eaglesdynasty says: Jul 25, 2011 7:45 PM

    McGahee, Heap, Mason and Gregg are nothing to scoff at. Put your stock in a bunch of rookies, and the mistakes will come back and bite you. Hope they know what they’re doing.

    —————————————————————————————————-

    I dont disagree with the logic but they arent just simply turning starting roles over to a bunch of rookies. At NT obviously Haloti Ngata could slide in their and probably be the best in the NFL, plus they have 2nd year pro Terrance Cody, 27 year old Brandon McKinney and 26 year old Kelly Talavou who are all big bodied, 340+ pound natural nose tackle for a 34 front.

    Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta are both 2nd year pros, both big time high potential players with prolific college careers at bigtime schools and both now have a year in the Ravens offensive scheme and in the league.

    At HB McGahee isnt much of a lose, he is a declinging aging veteran at a position that is one of the easier to fill (backup HB). Ray Rice is obviously the proven starter and a “in his prime” pro bowl runner. if the Ravens can resign Leron McClain he can easily step up and fill McGahees shoes

  24. firejimcadwell says: Jul 25, 2011 7:52 PM

    I thought the rookie pay scale was supposed to help veterans retain jobs.

    If the Ravens actions are status quo for the NFL then there will be a ton of players changing places.

  25. reggiebush25 says: Jul 25, 2011 7:55 PM

    I want to play for the RAVENS…sign me….

  26. ppdoc13 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:05 PM

    @tdk24 – stfu

    for all the Ravens fans out there…. be patient. Ozzie is a top five GM and has a plan. we don’t know what the plan is, but be assured, he has a plan. while the rest of the league is dithering about the CBA, Ozzie and the front office were ready from jump street.

    I expect Heap to come back for a more friendly contract. Mase will retire rather than taking less money. Gregg stays for less money or becomes a Jet and quietly ends his career.

    the only real surprise here is Todd Heap. Yes they just drafted Dixon and Pitta, but Heap to me was still a surprise. In any case… the mantra is “In Ozzie we Trust.” Few teams can say that with more confidence in their GM than can the Ravens.

    finally, at tdk24 again; – i realize that you have a sad worthless life given that your reason for existence is owed to a broken condom, but you really need to seek help. The Ray thing has been over for more than a decade. You’d be more up to date if you spoke about Ben raping someone, Hines Ward driving drunk etc….

  27. charmcityalum says: Jul 25, 2011 8:17 PM

    Ozzie knows what he’s doing. It’s not like anybody that got cut is gonna be replaced by a rookieand its not like any of them were in their prime. With these 4 cuts the Ravens freed up almost 20 mil in payroll. How bout some of you guys wait to see what free agents ozzie brings in before you go jumping ship.

  28. steelcurtainn says: Jul 25, 2011 8:40 PM

    Does this mean the Browns just moved up to second place in the division?

  29. ravens26 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:42 PM

    Bring Mason back. He is old, but still very good and the best receiver we have ever had. Gotta bring this guy back!!!!

  30. trickbunny says: Jul 25, 2011 9:00 PM

    Rebuilding already, eh?

  31. robcypher says: Jul 25, 2011 9:07 PM

    moar good news…for the steelers, that is :p

  32. leftysmoke says: Jul 25, 2011 9:40 PM

    onebadace says:
    Jul 25, 2011 7:21 PM
    Derrick Mason? They cut DERRICK MASON? He’s been so consistent on that team that if they don’t bring him back (and he doesn’t retire), then look for him to show up somewhere else, EASILY.

    I wonder who they are looking at getting across from Boldin? Malcom Floyd? Sims-Walker?

    Also, what TEs are out there to replace Heap? Shockey?

    ———————

    Ed Dickson has potential to be a beast. Like mentioned in this article, he will certainly become a big part of their offense.

    As for “rebuilding” like some have commented, more like re-touching the final pieces for a Super Bowl worthy team. The Ravens are always on the brink, but never seem to get over the hill. They either bumped by the Colts or Steelers. These pieces won’t get them past blowing games, but they are definitely going to be monster-like if Dickson proves worthy. Especially if they pick up another big name WR.

    It has begun!

  33. eaglesdynasty says: Jul 26, 2011 2:10 AM

    I have to show some respect for Kelly Gregg. Dude was one of the most overlooked under-appreciated players in the NFL for a long period of time. the combination of very unflashy position that doesnt put up sexy stats with a very unassuming personality and low-key style combined with playing on a defense led by huge name stars with bigger than life personalities like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed all factored into Gregg consistently being overlooked.

    for 7 seasons (2002-2009) Gregg was the starting nose tackle in the Ravens 34 base defensive front. Its a grueling position where he was routinely asked to take on double teams, eat up space and basically do all the hard work so playmakers like Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs could shine and get all the credit. Gregg did it with a blue collar work ethic and only missed 5 games in those 7 years—-never more than 2 in a season.

    The fact that Kelly Gregg never made a pro bowl or 1st or 2nd team All Pro list is just as absurd as Jon Runyan’s pro bowl snubs and London Fletcher’s 0 pro bowls until people wised up in 2009 and gave him two in a row. The fact that Gregg was a former 6th round pick and n0-name player didnt help his cause in the farce known as the pro bowl either.

    It is not surprising at all that Gregg got cut however, he will be 35 in 2011 and the years of abuse and constant intense battle with 300+ offensive lineman as well as age caught up to Gregg and he seemed to just be completely out of gas in 2010. He started all 16 games but he was a shadow of his former self, making much less of a impact, being easier to move off his ground, struggling against doubles and just clearly deteoriating as a player.

    Hopefully Gregg doesnt push his luck and pursue oppurtunities with other teams. It was clear to me in 2010 that his career was winding down quickly, and 124 games of constant head trauma going toe-toe against the most physically dominating interior offensive lineman in the sport can do serious damage. time to hand em up Kelly——but you deserve all the respect you get, and then some bro!

  34. grant444 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:15 PM

    Even tho he is slower & was done about 2 yrs ago, Mason will be missed, as will Heap (unless they come back for pennies). As far as them looking at Santonio or Steve Smith, they still have Joe Flaccid throwing the ball. Would luv to see crybaby Holmes yelling at Joey-boy because he wasn’t seeing the ball enough!!

  35. evinnie says: Jul 26, 2011 7:28 PM

    Gregg might find a home with Rex Ryan and the Jets. (See Trevor Pryce). As for Heap, unless he unhealthy or something like that i dont know why they cut Heap. He’s a great TE.

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