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Bernard Pollard, Ravens part ways

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And another domino has fallen in Baltimore.

This time, the Ravens apparently have chosen to part ways with safety Bernard Pollard and his $2 million base salary.

Pollard broke the news on his verified Twitter account:  “Well Raven Nation it’s been fun.  My time in Baltimore is done… Thank you!”

It means that Pollard, who played for the Chiefs and Texans, will become an unrestricted free agent.  Given the damage he has done in the past to the Patriots, from wrecking Tom Brady’s knee in 2008 to a jarring hit that forced a game-changing fumble in the 2012 AFC title game, maybe it’s time for New England to give him a call.

The move also suggests that the Ravens are making progress with safety Ed Reed.

If not, Baltimore will be without both starting inside linebackers and both starting safeties in 2013.

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137 Responses to “Bernard Pollard, Ravens part ways”
  1. thegronk87 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:36 AM

    Lol i wonder who the ravens will take first overall next year?

  2. fuglyflorio says: Mar 13, 2013 10:36 AM

    Sorry son, but Flacco squeezed out every penny. There’s just nothing left.

  3. flash1283 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:36 AM

    Keep spinning it Ravens fans, tell us all how it’s going to be okay. Over pay for Jump Ball Joe and this is what happens.

  4. camcameronsucks says: Mar 13, 2013 10:36 AM

    this is getting f*&^ing ridiculous…

    I hope there’s fine print in Flacco’s contract that says he has to play 50% of the defensive snaps…

  5. coonsqualler says: Mar 13, 2013 10:36 AM

    Cleveland needs a safety……

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  6. blacknole08 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:37 AM

    Pollard to the Patriots lol.

  7. flavordave says: Mar 13, 2013 10:37 AM

    the Eagles maybe able to use him on the practice squad. He can show some undrafted free agents how to play

  8. geemoney713 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:37 AM

    Love seeing them fall.

  9. jarvis1104 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:37 AM

    This doesn’t make much sense considering his salary was pretty low. A defense that wasn’t very good last year is only getting worse

  10. southpaw2k says: Mar 13, 2013 10:37 AM

    Unless the offense finds a way to put up 40 points every week, I’m starting to wonder how the Ravens will be very competitive next season.

  11. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 13, 2013 10:37 AM

    Flacco casualty #5.

    What does this have to do with Reed? They don’t even play the same position. Ravens worst week ever continues. Cheers!

  12. ravenator says: Mar 13, 2013 10:38 AM

    Ravens have some serious plans up their sleeves, bank on it haters.

  13. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Mar 13, 2013 10:38 AM

    49ers

  14. mykelane says: Mar 13, 2013 10:38 AM

    Are they becoming the Florida Marlins? cutting everyone after winning a championship?

  15. fitzy187 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:39 AM

    Patriots need this man bad so he can stop eating them alive

  16. gordoom says: Mar 13, 2013 10:39 AM

    Far and away the strangest move they have made. I have no idea what Ozzie is planning. He was cheap. This must be a health issue.

  17. norseyapper says: Mar 13, 2013 10:39 AM

    One and done seems to have become the Ravens team motto.

  18. putyournameonit says: Mar 13, 2013 10:40 AM

    The exodus continues, it sure is fun to watch.

  19. sheppyshep8 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:40 AM

    gotta be something large in the works for Baltimore. 2 million isn’t a large price tag for Pollard, and it wouldn’t constitute a jump in 2 million this year just to keep Reed.

  20. darthsaint says: Mar 13, 2013 10:40 AM

    Damn, this team is getting blown up much more than Super Bowl teams in the past…or is it just me? Pollard isn’t all-pro but the dude gave that defense part of it’s identity.

    Ozzie is a smart GM though so if I were their fanbase…I’d have to just close my eyes and trust the people who are paid to make these decisions.

  21. newmarketmaulers says: Mar 13, 2013 10:41 AM

    Pats Fan here. First thought is to add him as additon by subtraction. Then I think of what damage he might be able to do in a practice setting… It would just be more opportunity to injury more Patriots.

  22. therolandobottom says: Mar 13, 2013 10:41 AM

    The Raiders should have signed him two years ago, time to get him.

  23. laxgolie19 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:41 AM

    I’ll miss him.

    He injured more patriots than British artillery.

  24. blackandbluedivision says: Mar 13, 2013 10:42 AM

    Death of the Hard hitting safety strikes again! You notice how just about all of the people who were fined by Roger Goddell for hard hits are looking for work.

  25. deceman20 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    I trust Ozzie, but this move does not make sense to me. Bone Crusher wasn’t expensive, played well, and was a leader in the locker room. WRs feared going over the middle b/c of him. Please tell me you have something big up your sleeve Ozzie!

  26. marcuswelby70 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    Bring this man to the Pats…even if he never plays a down you’re ahead of the game!

  27. hartleechung says: Mar 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    BB sign this guy quick!

    And then take a dump on him.

  28. dangernearing says: Mar 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    Ravens will draft Matt Elam. Patriots should sign Polard now and place him on the IR for the length of the contract

  29. footballfan says: Mar 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    If not keeping any of your championship players is the plan then they are doing a great job!!!

  30. southpaw2k says: Mar 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    fuglyflorio says:
    Mar 13, 2013 10:36 AM
    Sorry son, but Flacco squeezed out every penny. There’s just nothing left.

    ————————————————–

    Yeah, the $6.8 million or so he’ll make in 2013 is just KILLING the Ravens’ salary cap this year. Or do you think he’s making $120 million this season?

    I don’t understand this cut, and while I’m trying to stay optimistic for whatever strategy Ozzie is pulling here, the Ravens will definitely need to win big in the draft. Otherwise they will be rebuilding for the next several years.

  31. mnrube23 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:44 AM

    Do the Ravens have anyone left? Other then Flacco I mean.

  32. psilenttype says: Mar 13, 2013 10:44 AM

    Fire sale

  33. bigjdve says: Mar 13, 2013 10:45 AM

    I hope their offense is as good as they hope it will be, if not they are going to be in trouble because they are losing alot of their defense.

  34. gochargersgo says: Mar 13, 2013 10:45 AM

    Patriots would sign him but theyre worried he will injure all of their players in practice

  35. ravensallday2012 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:46 AM

    If I were the rest if the league I would be scared. Ozzie is the best. He has something up his sleeve

  36. dowhatifeellike says: Mar 13, 2013 10:46 AM

    Wizard of Oz has a plan, but it would make a lot of us feel better if we knew what it was.

  37. steelforce43 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:47 AM

    Ravens fans must be loving this… Rumor has it that season ticket holders get first crack at playing defense. LMFAO can’t wait to see this defense take the field. In JOE We Trust!!! Go Flacco!!!

  38. patssox says: Mar 13, 2013 10:49 AM

    Do not bring him to NE!

    He’ll just have more opportunity to injure our guys during practice!

  39. gordoom says: Mar 13, 2013 10:49 AM

    Ozzie said he wouldnt bankrupt the future for a second run. This one stings the most because he had such a low base salary. Im thinkign they move jimmy smith to safety.

  40. chiwizlive says: Mar 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    This guy is a assassin bring that tenacity to denver!!!

  41. shaslers says: Mar 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    To all the wise-asses referencing Flacco’s contract, you do realize that his cap hit under the new contract is lower than his cap number this past season, right? It’s about the same cap number as Ray Rice. And it will be far less than other players they signed in the last few years like Ngata, Suggs, Marshall Yanda, and Lardarius Webb — they all have bigger cap numbers than Flacco this year. It’s just a case of having a lot of good players who needed to get paid.

    Whatever, I know logic has no role here.

  42. azarkhan says: Mar 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    I don’t want Pollard anywhere near Foxborough. I’d rather the Pats offensive line cut block him the next time they play him and rip up his ACL.

  43. ronpipes2013 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    Ravenater, and what would those serious plans be. To finish behind the Clowns, The Steelers, and the Bungles in the division I suppose!

  44. psuravens19 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    As an educated football fan and one that understands how the Ravens and Newsome do business; I completely understand not paying the money Kruger and Ellerbe were getting. I somewhat understand the Boldin decision, but this move here doesn’t make any sense to me at all.

  45. S.Nevada says: Mar 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    Secondary help the Redskins need. At 2M they could actually afford him.

  46. humbleminded85 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    This is the one that makes me scratch my head, but In Oz I trust. Just for the record, Pollard wasn’t a 2 mil cap figure it was 3.5 and Christian Thompson will be cheaper. Now non Ravens fans keep commenting on MY team everyday while YOUR team never comes out my mouth.

  47. djlexluger says: Mar 13, 2013 10:51 AM

    They have 8 draft picks dont kick dirt on them just yet.

  48. sjhesketh says: Mar 13, 2013 10:52 AM

    So when’s Florio going to pull himself away from criticizing Brady’s restructure (done to free up money for the team) long enough to note that Flacco’s ridiculous deal has already cost the Ravens Kruger, Ellerbe, Boldin, and Pollard, with Reed still up in the air.

    Great for Flacco, he got his money. But it’s destroying his team.

  49. patfanken says: Mar 13, 2013 10:54 AM

    You forgot that Pollard was the guy who leg swept Gronk and cost the Pats the Superbowl in 2011. That’s a trifecta of damage.

    Besides being a very solid safety he’s only 28 from what I understand. The Pat would be a lot safer if he were on their side.

  50. stevenwilliams2013 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:55 AM

    Well at least Flacco has his money,…lol!!

  51. ajgreenshands says: Mar 13, 2013 10:55 AM

    How long till Raven fans start to resent Flacco and his monster deal?

  52. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Mar 13, 2013 10:56 AM

    Flacco’s only a hit against our cap for $6 mil this year, if he was franchised we were looking at around $19, not the reason for this “fire sale”. Ozzie is cleaning house for various reasons and so be it, he does have 2 rings and drafts better than anyone in the league, you can’t deny that. No worries here, we’re still on top until someone takes the crown next Feb.

  53. mistersmith22 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:56 AM

    I’m SO SICK of you commenters (and Florio in yesterday’s video) “blaming” moves you don’t understand on Flacco’s contract. His cap hit is $6.8M this year — that’s it! That deal has NOTHING to do with these moves. The team was in cap hell no matter what happened with Flacco.

  54. chiwizlive says: Mar 13, 2013 10:59 AM

    Might as well release Jacoby Jones too,it seem like there getting rid of all there key contributors,and that’s coming from a die hard broncos fan.

  55. killitandeatit says: Mar 13, 2013 11:00 AM

    The first day of practice Flacco is gonna buy Chicken McNuggets for everyone !

  56. burnzido says: Mar 13, 2013 11:01 AM

    Bet the Redskins jump all over this one. A solid and cheap safety hits the market? Pollard wont even have to move.

  57. Just a Fan says: Mar 13, 2013 11:04 AM

    Pollard must have head butted Ozzie during negotiations. Isn’t that what he does best? Bernard”Personal Foul” Pollard just not worth the little money he was paid. Heard James Harrison is DESPERATE enough to play in Baltimore…….Maybe Pollard goes to Pittsburgh to help replace all the BULL Crap penalties he got by the pressured Refs.

  58. getyourownname says: Mar 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    A head scratcher, for sure. Pollard will be an asset for someone.

    Will be interesting to see what the FO has planned when the dust settles. Yet the myth will persist that Flacco’s contract caused this.

  59. 52lightsxout52 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    Just change the team name to the Baltimore Flaccos

  60. thraiderskin says: Mar 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    This is insane… I made a comment about the Raider’s having to bleed out players, but the Raven’s are doing it too, coming off a superbowl victory. I’m not bashing, but I don’t get it.

  61. insman1017 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    We know how to work the cap. In a perfect world we would love to keep our players, if they meet a need. Look in USA TODAY and see who is picked as the #1 Front Office in football…RAVENS…Ozzie’s record speaks for itself. Playoffs 5 straight years, 2 SBs, countless All Pros and HOF’s on the roster. People relax, we will replace what we lost with guys that will become stars. Have patience

  62. iamapatsfan says: Mar 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    The Pats need to pick this guy up for whatever money he wants, then stash him somewhere not anywhere near a football field the Pats are playing on so he can stop flamingoing our knees.

  63. orivar says: Mar 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    This is not looking good, not good at all. The Ravens are losing their toughness.

  64. mcg1848 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    This is like watching the Florida Marlins!

  65. purpleattack says: Mar 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    Someone I BEG YOU PLEASE explain to me how Joe’s contract destroyed the Ravens. I don’t want to hear 6 years 120.6, show me the numbers year by year.

  66. givemericewiththat says: Mar 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    This has nothing to do with Flacco’s new contract. His new contract is structured to keep the cap hit in the first year low (at around 6 mil). This is less than his cap hit last year under the final year of his rookie contract. So stop blaming Flacco’s contract. It’s convenient but factually incorrect reasoning.

    The problem is the Ravens draft well and spend up to the cap each year. And they keep winning. This increases the value of their free-agents. It’s also a nice problem to have.

    In addition, they don’t restructure contracts because that aligns cap hits with the declining years of players. So this is what you get instead. They’ve been doing this for years and continue to win games in the playoffs every year. The Ravens will restock and be competitive again next year, because they are one of the best run franchises in the NFL.

  67. osteelers says: Mar 13, 2013 11:06 AM

    This is what happens in todays NFL, you’re never going to be able to keep all your players or all your coaches. After you win the Superbowl, players and coaches always leave to better themselves. As a Steeler fan, I’d rather the entire division be solid top to bottom. I hate the Ravens but I wish the Steelers could play them more than twice a year. This match up is always entertaining and competitive. Its bitter sweet to see this happening to the Ravens, but I’ve watched it happen to the Steeler too.

  68. iamapatsfan says: Mar 13, 2013 11:07 AM

    Seriuosly, though, he’s a decent safety and with Chung gone, we’re pretty undersized back there now. might be a good idea to take a look at him. 2 mil isn’t that much money. Don’t know if we’d be able to do better than him in the draft.

  69. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 13, 2013 11:10 AM

    Why are Ravens fans so hypocritical? If the Steelers were losing guys like this, you would be trashing the front office, the team, the city, the colors, etc. But when this happens to the Ravens, you say that Ozzie has something up his sleeve? Let’s see……..you trade away Boldin (your most reliable receiver), you let Ellerbe and Kruger go (your best 2 LBs), you waive Pollard (your toughest DB). What could possibly be “up his sleeve”? Unless they are going to trade the next 3 years of 1st Round Draft Picks to get the #1 pick from the Chiefs, how does any result benefit the Ravens from this mass exodus?

  70. Just a Fan says: Mar 13, 2013 11:12 AM

    “Ravens have some serious plans up their sleeves, bank on it haters.”
    =================================

    I think your right…..I really think they are clearing out for Revis trade. If that happens they can spend all of their money on two players. TWO VERY GREEDY players at that. 4th place in the AFC North is almost guaranteed. Oops forgot about the Clowns….ok tied for 3rd. Enjoy your top 10 pick next year….Forgot you traded it for Revis.

  71. gregstep says: Mar 13, 2013 11:13 AM

    Do people not realize Flacco’s cap number is only 7 million this year?

  72. edisbetterthantroy says: Mar 13, 2013 11:14 AM

    Here’s my spin:

    Jimmy Smith moves to SS and they re-sign Ed Reed at FS. Smith is a first round pick, physical, hard-hitting player that started coming on in the second half of the season.

    Lardarius Webb, Corey Graham (Ravens fans know how huge he stepped in), Chykie Brown at CB. Us Ravens fans also know a young man named Omar Brown from the practice squad (like a young 4-A baseball prospect) who is ready to step in if he’s given playing time.

    Ravens offense led by SB MVP QB entering his prime, Top 5 pro bowl RB in Ray Rice, emerging star in Torrey Smith at WR and Dennis Pitta at TE.

    If I’m thinking of all this, I’m sure Ozzie and the heralded front office already have or are entertaining similar scenarios. Step off the ledge Ravens Nation. And Haters….well just keep on hating. Doesn’t bother me.

    Look for the Ravens again fighting to win their divions and make the playoffs. History tells me that, if they get there, Joe can lead the way. Someone please debate me on that?????

  73. mrsinner421 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:14 AM

    Although I don’t agree with this move, I trust that Ozzie has something up his sleeve. Maybe he is going to make a run at Nnamdi. Remember when Randy Moss went to Oakland to die then had a resurgence in New England? Could very well be the case here.

  74. blindmansaidwhat says: Mar 13, 2013 11:14 AM

    BUT, they still have a “franchise” QB

  75. jamaltimore says: Mar 13, 2013 11:17 AM

    Flacco counts 6.8 agains salary cap this year. Who cares about Pollard, he was killed in coverage in the superbowl this year and he can be replaced cheaply. Kruger part time player, ellerbe, injury prone, pollard old. Quan will be missed but hey so was Derrick Mason, Flacco’s go to receiver early in his career and the MVP was able to get over that as well. Sit back clowns and watch the Wizard of Oz work!

  76. richiedean says: Mar 13, 2013 11:19 AM

    SF-Bound? With the way this guy can hit, he might be a good replacement for Goldson.

  77. humbleminded85 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:20 AM

    ajgreenshands says: Mar 13, 2013 10:55 AM

    How long till Raven fans start to resent Flacco and his monster deal?
    ————————————————–
    How long till all you idiots realize/accept that Flacco’s 6.8 cap hit has NOTHING to do with not over paying for guys? Of course a lot of you know this but the Flacco basher in you wont allow you to say anything but pure hate about us. Again, enjoy talking about MY team. P.S. We shut down AJ every year, just look at his stats against us…or lack there of.

  78. blackngold4life says: Mar 13, 2013 11:20 AM

    This just gets better by the day! its a damn jail break!

  79. metitometin says: Mar 13, 2013 11:28 AM

    So glad this cheap shot artist is done. Pats would have won 2 more Superbowls if it weren’t for Pollard’s cheap shots on Brady and Gronk. The dirtiest player in the league bar none.

  80. metitometin says: Mar 13, 2013 11:29 AM

    So glad this cheap shot artist is done. Pats would have won 2 more Superbowls if it weren’t for Pollard’s cheap shots on Brady and Gronk. The dirtiest player in the league bar none.

  81. puresteel20 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:30 AM

    Suicide watch on Ravenator. One and done you 1 trick horse a$$es. Thank The Broncos for your gift this past year and move back right where you belong. Your team is relevent once every 6 to 8 years. That’s of course if your owner doesn’t decide to skip town in the middle of the night again.

  82. lovefootball4life says: Mar 13, 2013 11:32 AM

    I’ll try again with smaller words. This isn’t from Flacco’s contract. Flacco’s $6.8M salary against the salary cap isn’t even in the top 10 for QB’s in the league. In that respect you could say Flacco is very average.

    People who say this is another Flacco casualty just sound ignorant. Sorry, big word.

  83. rondayne33 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:43 AM

    Don’t worry, Raven fans there should be enough cap space left to buy you all a box of Kleenex

  84. ac540 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:43 AM

    Once he signs elsewhere, this will be the fourth team for a 28 year old….what’s that tell you?

  85. ahostiletakeover says: Mar 13, 2013 11:46 AM

    Cut Pollard to save 2 million, sign David Reed to a 2 year 2.5 million dollar deal, who in 3 years has caught a whopping 5 passes and managed to fumble away two kickoffs in one game, which led directly to 6 Seahawk points in a 5 point loss. Those are the only notable things he has done except getting busted for misdemeanor marijuana possession. What the hell am I missing here Ozzie Newsome?

  86. jeffa43 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:48 AM

    Lol… I actually thumbs uped Raventator… He is finally funny..

    Ya, that front office is great… Let’s give the biggest contract in nfl history to the 10th best qb in the league, and get rid of our d..

    Here we go Steelers here we go!

  87. macadamia2010 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:50 AM

    Literally LMAO at all of you crybabies and haters for acting like the sky is falling in Baltimore. When are fans going to learn that games aren’t won in the offseason? They’re won on the field.

    Hate on the Ravens all you like because your team didn’t win the Super Bowl this year. It’s not going to change the fact they are still the champs, continue to be one of the best franchises in the NFL, and know how to replace players better than any other team in the league.

  88. nite2al says: Mar 13, 2013 11:50 AM

    Keep doubting the Ravens…the game is not played on paper.

  89. killitandeatit says: Mar 13, 2013 11:50 AM

    A new term in the NFL lexicon :” The team just got Flacco’ed”. or..”The team is suffering from the Flacco syndrome.” In the future you may hear an NFL pundit : “The team got a little too Flacco’ess “.

  90. igetmyweedfromjeromesimpson says: Mar 13, 2013 11:51 AM

    This just shows how dumb the majority of football fans really are. This has NOTHING to do with Flacco’s contract. He’s on the books for 6.8 million this year, that’s it. By the majorities inability to understand simple finance, it’s no wonder this county is in the financial shape it’s in.

    And to all the Steeler fans talking crap, having these so called fire sales is how the Ravens remain relevent year after year and your team can’t do better than 8-8. Keep hanging on to all those old guys.

    The Steelers and Yankees….America’s Retirement Communities for aging atheletes.

  91. sudz28 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:54 AM

    This is one I didn’t see coming at all – maybe they’re trying to free up money to keep Leach? They’re SB champs until someone proves otherwise, but man would I be getting nervous if I were a Ratbird fan!

  92. ccjcsr says: Mar 13, 2013 12:02 PM

    I’m coining the term, Benard you have just been “Flaccoed”

    Definition: (Verb)

    Meaning no more money left so we gotta cut you!

  93. turdfurgerson68 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:07 PM

    “Ravens have some serious plans up their sleeves, bank on it haters.”
    =================================

    The only plan they have is to try and figure out how not be the WORST defense in the NFL.

    Hey Terrell Suggs, keep running your mouth…the Patriots (and every other decent team) are gonna steamroll right thru your porous D…

    Thanks for being the highest paid player Flacco, hahahaha!

  94. arrowhead816 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:07 PM

    Come back to KC!! Finish off where you started!! Pollard at SS, Berry at FS

  95. boogerhut says: Mar 13, 2013 12:07 PM

    humbleminded85 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    This is the one that makes me scratch my head, but In Oz I trust. Just for the record, Pollard wasn’t a 2 mil cap figure it was 3.5 and Christian Thompson will be cheaper. Now non Ravens fans keep commenting on MY team everyday while YOUR team never comes out my mouth.
    —————————————————————
    NEVER comes out of your mouth? Not even when they’re done and you need a cigarette? THAT’S dedication!

  96. jeffa43 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:10 PM

    I want to think the Ravens front office for shutting up Raventator and his dynasty speeches.

  97. yinzer7 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:13 PM

    Ravens gave up over 30 points in four of their last eight games (Denver twice, Redskins, 49ers). Maybe defense needed to be revamped.

  98. turdfurgerson68 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:13 PM

    And if Flacco’s contract has nothing to do with the dismantling of the Ravens, then what is it?

    Other than Lewis’ retirement and so normal off-season tweaks, why would you gut you’re team.

    Please defend your: “He’s on the books for 6.8 million this year..” argument.

    Sorry Flacco defenders, you gotta look long term on his deal…it ain’t a one yr contract folks. It’s crippling in fact.

  99. steelersnowand4ever says: Mar 13, 2013 12:14 PM

    puresteel20 says:
    Mar 13, 2013 11:30 AM
    Suicide watch on Ravenator. One and done you 1 trick horse a$$es. Thank The Broncos for your gift this past year and move back right where you belong. Your team is relevent once every 6 to 8 years. That’s of course if your owner doesn’t decide to skip town in the middle of the night again.

    Can’t go back to Cleveland, they already have a team. Maybe they can go to LA

  100. blindmansaidwhat says: Mar 13, 2013 12:16 PM

    in about a year the Dolphins will similarly get “Wallaced” LOL

  101. scchamil says: Mar 13, 2013 12:18 PM

    Would love for the Bengals to make a run at him (assuming he’s relatively healthy).

  102. flaccodelic says: Mar 13, 2013 12:29 PM

    ccjcsr says:
    Mar 13, 2013 12:02 PM
    I’m coining the term, Benard you have just been “Flaccoed”

    Definition: (Verb)

    Meaning no more money left so we gotta cut you!
    —–

    No, to be “Flaccoed” is to be made the scapegoat for venomous hatred based largely on jealousy at one’s status as Super Bowl winning MVP with the best statistical postseason in NFL history who is just entering his prime. The rest of the league is in the process of getting Flaccoed, they just don’t realize it yet.

  103. blong11588 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:29 PM

    Who’s replacing these guys they’re letting go??

  104. pingdanny says: Mar 13, 2013 12:30 PM

    Let’s see…the Ravens have 5 straight playoff appearances, 3 AFC title games and just won the Super Bowl. The same idiots hating on the Ravens are the ones who said they had no chance against Denver, no chance against NE, etc. If you think Paul Kreuger is worth $8M a year, and you think Joe’s 6.8M cap hit this year is driving this, you really should stick to NASCAR message boards.

    SB 47 Champions!! Suck it haters

  105. pingdanny says: Mar 13, 2013 12:34 PM

    puresteel20 says:
    Mar 13, 2013 11:30 AM
    Suicide watch on Ravenator. One and done you 1 trick horse a$$es. Thank The Broncos for your gift this past year and move back right where you belong. Your team is relevent once every 6 to 8 years. That’s of course if your owner doesn’t decide to skip town in the middle of the night again.

    “one and done”….uhhhhh are you aware of a little thing called SB 35? And it’s “relevant”….typical Steeler dolt

  106. matt14gg says: Mar 13, 2013 12:35 PM

    There are about five NFL front office people that have earned the benefit of the doubt on just about anything they do and Ozzie Newsome happens to be one of them. LMAO at people that think Ozzie’s lost his mind. Ozzie always knows what he’s doing and this is coming from a Patriots fan.

  107. lovefootball4life says: Mar 13, 2013 12:36 PM

    ccjcsr says: Mar 13, 2013 12:02 PM

    I’m coining the term, Benard you have just been “Flaccoed”
    Definition: (Verb)
    Meaning no more money left so we gotta cut you!

    What are you 12? That’s clearly humor of someone very young. It’s not even accurate.

  108. patriotenvy says: Mar 13, 2013 12:36 PM

    If New England were to sign this guy after the things he did and said, I would stop being a fan of the team until he left. I can say that, because I’m sure they never would. He is below them.

  109. ampatsisahypocrite says: Mar 13, 2013 12:41 PM

    Keep on telling yourselves that Flacco’s deal has nothing to do with all these players leaving, Ravens fans!

    And for you Ravens fans telling US we’re dumb because “Flacco doesn’t count that much against the cap next year” you better go out and count how many players only sign contracts for ONE YEAR. Duh. Do the math, Einsteins.

    Ha ha! Now the Ravens can’t even afford the cheaper guys. Thanks a lot, Joe!

  110. pondbridge says: Mar 13, 2013 12:41 PM

    Rodney Harrison II.
    Go get ‘em BB.
    Pats Nation will forgive you the first time he knocks Sanchez into the cheap seats.

  111. patriotinvasion says: Mar 13, 2013 12:43 PM

    osteelers says: Mar 13, 2013 11:06 AM

    This is what happens in todays NFL, you’re never going to be able to keep all your players or all your coaches. After you win the Superbowl, players and coaches always leave to better themselves….
    …Its bitter sweet to see this happening to the Ravens, but I’ve watched it happen to the Steeler too.
    _____

    It happened to the Patriots too, but that doesn’t stop the “what have they won since spygate?” people who completely disregard that the Pats don’t have the same players they had when they won those Super Bowls. Brady and Belichick are not the entire team.

  112. thraiderskin says: Mar 13, 2013 12:50 PM

    @edisbetterthantroy,

    those are decent arguments, I think your secondary will be fine, but you forget a couple of things, who are you linebackers? you have one back (Suggs) on a team that operates in a 3-4. You also traded away Boldin for a 6th round pick, are you seriously going to tell me they will replace Boldin’s production with a 6th round pick? Pita is a nice piece, but he is only a “nice” piece, not a real game changer. I like Torrey Smith, but he isn’t a blue collar reciever, he is a nine route. Ray Rice is a very good running back, but 3rd and 29 isn’t going to happen a whole lot and Flacco doesn’t really have much of an option opposite Smith. You can color this all you want, but it looks terrible for them to lose some of these guys. Kruger I get, but Ellerbe (FA) and the Boldin trade are just stupid. Flacco only costs $7 mill against the cap this year, then why trade his most consistant weapon?

  113. mullman76 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:52 PM

    @patriotenvy: Thank you for illustrating why patriot fan is one of the most hated in the league.

    Pretentious, petty, entitled, spoiled.

    I love Pollard and that clean hit on Brady. I hope he never plays for the patriots but he plays in the AFCEast. That way he gets to blow them up twice a year.

    Pats fan = braying donkeys

  114. matt14gg says: Mar 13, 2013 12:56 PM

    “patriotenvy”

    Coming from one Patriots fan to another you are a great example of why most NFL fans don’t like the Patriots or their fans. You think your team and its players are so above it all. If you wouldn’t want Bernard Pollard on your team then you simply don’t understand the game of football. Do you really believe Pollard is “below” the Patriots? If so, why? You do realize the Patriots have just as many dirt bags and felons as just about every other team in the NFL don’t you? Your comment is the height of ignorance and stupidity.

    If the Pats wish to sign Pollard I will volunteer to go to Baltimore and drive him back here because he is EXACTLY what the Patriots need.

    And yes, if the Pats do sign him, you and I both know you will be right back in front of your TV rooting for the Pats again next season, telling anyone who will listen that now that Pollard is a Patriot, “…he’s changed…”, because I’m sure you are also the typical Patriots fan that thinks Bill Belichick is never wrong.

  115. xli2006 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:59 PM

    Plenty of room and money for Pagano’s old Raven defenders in Indy. Colts picked up Redding and Zbikowski last year, but opted not to get into a bidding war over Kruger. With the Colts looking and Laron Landry, might not be a leap to check out Pollard.

  116. bostonbias says: Mar 13, 2013 1:09 PM

    ravenator says:
    Mar 13, 2013 10:38 AM
    Ravens have some serious plans up their sleeves, bank on it haters.

    I love it, if you root for any other team, you are a hater. :-) That is the odd Baltimore mindset…My wife is from there….so glad we got out of there.

  117. shaslers says: Mar 13, 2013 1:10 PM

    Everyone seems to think that Pollard is a cap casualty, but I don’t even think that’s the issue here.

    Cutting Pollard only saves them $1 million in cap space. That’s because he’ll still count $2.5 million in dead money against the cap this year after his prorated bonus accelerates into 2013.

    Furthermore, now that he’s cut, they’ll have to still sign someone to replace him on the roster. Even the cheapest safety is going to cost them at least half a million. So, at best, this move saves them half a million on the cap.

    There’s no way they cut him simply to save that paltry amount. There clearly is another motivation at work here. He was pretty banged up, but played through it, so I don’t think it’s injury.

    The knock on him has been he’s a big hitter but so-so in coverage. This may just be a case where the team thinks they can upgrade the position, particularly with a lot of safeties in the upcoming draft. That seems like a stretch, but it’s more plausible than claiming this is a cost-savings move.

  118. barbasol11111111 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:18 PM

    Love the guys who came in and committed to playing ravens football like q and pollard

    But this is what the ravens do every year

    SBs bring out the haters which is cool, definitely not used to so much ravens coverage

    But yeah they’ve been doing this stuff since before flacco was on the team much less got a monster contract

    And they stayed winning through it all, no other team has had the consistency or success in the last five years period

    The only time the ravens have had less success with Ozzie was when they tried to repeat te first SB by extending all the contracts then cap purging a year later

    Led to 5 years or so of mediocrity due to bad planning an contracts

    Oz goes against conventional wisdom and it mostly works really well

    Conventional wisdom is against him now, so I feel good abou it

    Chuck Barkley once said, I don’t listen to people because people are stupid

    Keep up the good work oz and everyone else

    SB champion baltimore ravens fan over and out

  119. ravgt says: Mar 13, 2013 1:21 PM

    I love the Ravens. (I think) I’m sorry to see all these guys go. However, I remember last year when we lost Jarrett Johnson, Corey Redding, Ben Grubbs, Nakamura, Zibakowski, etc. and thinking Ravens would be lucky to go 8-8 in 2012, given the tough schedule they faced. I remember feeling the same way a couple of years ago when Kelly Gregg, Todd Heap and Derrick Mason were cut.Then I started thinking about the long list of former Ravens players who were either cut or who signed big free agency contracts and who ended up sucking on their new teams. Bottom line: I’m pretty sure ther Ravens FO knows a little bit more about what they’re doing than all of you posters, most of whom simply hate the Ravens because they’re better than your teams. Since 2000, 9 playoff years, 2 super bowl chanpionships, etc. 2013 will be no different. Bank on it.

  120. ampatsisahypocrite says: Mar 13, 2013 1:22 PM

    “If we get a deal done with Joe, we will not franchise another player.”
    –Ozzie Newsome

  121. psousa1 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:28 PM

    just to be clear the guy is not a cheap shot artist.

    Brady – he got blocked to the ground and dove at whatever he could to try to make the tackle or disrupt the pass

    Welker – he was just standing there. It was a non contact injury

    If Gronkowski didn’t drag him like Jeff Van Gundy for 3 yards he wouldn’t have gotten injured.

    He delivered that knockout on Ridlay in playoffs but he was coming in to make the tackle and Ridlay also put his head down. So it wasn’t like he was out head hunting

    That being said as a Pats fan I would like to see a hitter like that in backfield. He is a damn good player and it seems he is always the expendable cap casualty wherever he goes. Not cheap money but just enough that the team needs the cap room.

  122. puresteel20 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:28 PM

    @pingdanny

    “one and done”….uhhhhh are you aware of a little thing called SB 35? And it’s “relevant”….typical Steeler dolt

    I was so excited on your team that I spelled a word incorrectly. Wow. That’s all you have. Try reading and comprehensiom. The one and done reference was the fact that you will never see the super bowl again. DUHHHHH !!!! Did I spell that rite ? Right ? Wright ? Idiot.
    Then there’s math…SB 35 I believe we are approaching SB 48 that my friend validates my point that Once in a blue moon you make it to a Super Bowl. Since the last time you were there, we’ve been there 3 times. You should be proud of your middle school education.

  123. ctown4life says: Mar 13, 2013 1:32 PM

    I’m confused… Did Flacco only sign for one year? You’re right, Ravens fans, his cap hit is only 7 million this year. But what is it next year, and the year after that?? If Ozzie is the genius that you all think he is, then don’t you think he’s looking into the future a little here? This fire sale has everything to do with Flacco’s contract. If you think otherwise, you’re completely delusional! And if you had the chance to ask Ozzie personally, he would probably be the first one to admit it to ya. I’m not knocking Flacco’s game at all. Think he’s a dam good QB. But I think the Ravens would have been better letting him walk and keeping the core of the team. Ravens did a heck of a job drafting and grooming him. If Ozzie is as great as you think, they could of done it again with someone else. All you Ravens fans hate Flacco’s contract because you know what it means for the future of your franchise. You just don’t wanna admit it.

  124. mj1818 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:54 PM

    Of course he did he knows what is going to happen to this imploding franchise next year.

  125. patriotenvy says: Mar 13, 2013 1:57 PM

    Iront = last month [Feb 5] there was a story on here about how Pollard believed the Ravens had to keep Ed Reed. I guess they agreed with you! lol.

  126. southpaw2k says: Mar 13, 2013 1:57 PM

    turdfurgerson68 says:
    Mar 13, 2013 12:13 PM
    And if Flacco’s contract has nothing to do with the dismantling of the Ravens, then what is it?

    Other than Lewis’ retirement and so normal off-season tweaks, why would you gut you’re team.

    Please defend your: “He’s on the books for 6.8 million this year..” argument.

    Sorry Flacco defenders, you gotta look long term on his deal…it ain’t a one yr contract folks. It’s crippling in fact.

    ——————————————-

    Boldin and Pollard were each entering the final years of their deals. They would have been big money veterans when the Ravens will have to sign Torrey Smith next year, as well as Pitta and/or Dickson. The team is cleaning house now to avoid having to do so this time next year. It only looks particularly awful right now since the team is coming off a Super Bowl win.

    Nobody cared when the Giants let Super Bowl 46 hero Mario Manningham walk for some reason. And what do you know, the Giants missed the playoffs this past season! Couple that with the team dumping Osi, and I find it amusing that nobody seems to care about that. But pay a Super Bowl MVP, and even though he only is set to make $6.8 million this season, he is the guy everyone points to as the scapegoat.

    Flacco is the 4th highest paid player against the cap on the Ravens’ roster this season. If he was set to make $20 million this year, you might have a leg to stand on. Considering the Ravens pushed his cap hit to 2016 – after Suggs and Ngata come off the books – the team isn’t crippled because of his contract.

    Fans who like to play GM and think they’re smarter than the guys in front offices piss me off more than any other kind of fan out there today.

  127. rayswhitesuit says: Mar 13, 2013 2:15 PM

    Lots of Ravens fans pointing out that Flacco’s cap hit this season isn’t the cause for the bloodletting that’s going on… OK, then what is? Your Golden Boy’s greed isn’t to blame, fine. But after a season of hearing Ravens fans chatter on here about the impending cap doom facing the Steelers, what exactly is causing YOURS???

  128. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 13, 2013 2:43 PM

    your team can’t do better than 8-8.
    -
    That 8-8 team was a Jacoby Jones punt return from sweeping the Ravens and having the Bengals win the division. There is a fine line between 8-8 and winning a Super Bowl.

  129. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 13, 2013 2:45 PM

    More Ravens fans hypocracy. You laugh at the Steelers for deferring cap to later years but then you applaud how Flacco’s cap number is so low this year? Do you Einsteins actually realize that all multi-year contracts are weighted so that the cap hit is the lowest point the 1st year and gradually rises to its highest point in the final year? Having said that, do you realize what Flacco’s cap hit will be at the end of the new contract? This is no different than deferring cap to contract players to later years. Hypocracy much?

  130. mrphatal says: Mar 13, 2013 3:42 PM

    Eagles need this guy! He is Beast Mode!

  131. picksix401 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:49 PM

    and the patriots already dropped chung.. time to pick up pollard so he doesn’t kill you in some way every season

  132. shaslers says: Mar 13, 2013 3:58 PM

    Hey, enoughofthat, notwithstanding your hurt feelings for any negative comments in the past about Steelers cap woes, you’re still not making much sense.

    The fact that Pollard represented a future obligation beyond this year — the cap-friendly year as far as Flacco’s new deal is concerned — doesn’t factor into this.

    Why cut Pollard now, in a year when they could afford him. If the concern is that Flacco starts to eat up cap three years from now, why not keep Pollard for two more and then cut him later, when you actually may need to? If Flacco represents some sort of future problem for the team, okay, but cutting Pollard now was not necessary. He only saved them $500,000 or so this year — a year they didn’t need savings. They could have easily kept him this year regardless of what the future held.

    This wasn’t about money.

  133. ampatsisahypocrite says: Mar 13, 2013 4:00 PM

    jamaltimore says:
    Mar 13, 2013 11:17 AM
    Flacco counts 6.8 agains salary cap this year. Who cares about Pollard, he was killed in coverage in the superbowl this year and he can be replaced cheaply. Kruger part time player, ellerbe, injury prone, pollard old. Quan will be missed but hey so was Derrick Mason, Flacco’s go to receiver early in his career and the MVP was able to get over that as well. Sit back clowns and watch the Wizard of Oz work!
    ———————————————-

    I love it! All of a sudden Flacco goes from the guy who was just part of the machine, to THE player who makes it all happen! All those other guys, nah, no worry, they meant NOTHING! ‘Cuz as long as we got the great Flacco, it’s all good!

    “Clown” is right. Both entertaining and hilarious!

    Hey, question for you, chum. How much does Flacco count against the cap the year after next? Or in three years? And — listen carefully now — how much will that leave for other guys who would be signing for MORE THAN JUST ONE YEAR, LIKE MOST PLAYERS DO?

    Do you see why this “but Flacco only counts for 6.8 mil next year” thing is so dumb? If you don’t by now, you’re pretty hopeless.

  134. thebus1968 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:13 AM

    If Ozzie is such a genius then why has your team only made it to the big game twice in 12 years,just asking ???? The better GM’s have been there more often such as New England and Pittsburgh. Live up your super bowl win this year because when Flaccos salary counts 14 million towards the cap next year and you will have to gut more star players ,you will be bottom feeders for many years to come but thank goodness you signed your franchize QB

  135. tesslord says: Mar 15, 2013 1:32 AM

    Well… The ravens are getting rid of it’s players. Unlike brady, maybe flacco can throw the ball and catch it too. With his huge pay maybe he ought to be able to. Heck maybe he can also walk on water.

  136. cobramike05 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:02 AM

    Pollard could go to the Pats, he would be a great pickup if he does. Just have to make sure the OL doesn’t block him into Tom Brady’s knee again….LOLOLOLOLOL

  137. cobramike05 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:06 AM

    @thebus1968

    Thats 2 more SB wins that they have over a lot of other franchises in the league.

    E.g. Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, and the Seattle Seahawks

    No SB wins….

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