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Ravens cut Brendon Ayanbadejo

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Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo won’t be part of the title defense effort in Baltimore.

A league source informed PFT a short time ago that the Ravens have released Ayanbadejo. The team hasn’t announced the news yet, but Ayanbadejo has taken to Twitter to say goodbye to both the organization and the city of Baltimore to confirm that he’ll be looking for employment elsewhere in 2013.

“I would like to thank the city of Baltimore and the Ravens organization for an amazing ride,” Ayanbadejo wrote. “We will forever be united as champions!”

The move saves the Ravens about $800,000 under the cap and continues an offseason of change in Baltimore. Ayanbadejo didn’t play a major role on defense as much of his work came on special teams, but it’s another veteran that will be moving down the road shortly after the team’s triumph in New Orleans.

Ayanbadejo, who will be honored along with Vikings punter Chris Kluwe for their pro-gay marriage activism at a Straight for Equality event on Thursday night in New York, turns 37 in September. That may limit his suitors if teams decide to opt for younger plays to round out their rosters as the offseason rolls along.

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33 Responses to “Ravens cut Brendon Ayanbadejo”
  1. blacknole08 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:41 PM

    Patriots.

    He’s still one of the best special teamers out there.

  2. dlw492 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:44 PM

    Seems like they are getting rid of players who spoke their minds. Bet Suggs won’t be a Raven in 2015 the latest. This is the NFL, not for long…

  3. ravensfansc says: Apr 3, 2013 5:46 PM

    His age was a factor for his release. Good special teamer and even better person. Good luck BA!

  4. scoobies05 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:46 PM

    always a class act. great special teamer and solid backup lb. thanks brendon and good luck. go ravens!

  5. RavenzGunnerz says: Apr 3, 2013 5:48 PM

    Please don’t cut Leach.

  6. bears47 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:48 PM

    Don’t be surprised to see the Bears (who he was successful on special teams) or the Chiefs (who have Dave Toub, ST coordinator when he was with Chicago) try and sign him to a deal.

  7. si1m says: Apr 3, 2013 5:49 PM

    The simplest answer is usually the right answer. He was old and/or slow, everyone else they’ve cut was old, or in Pollard’s case, couldn’t cover a soul on a pass.

  8. mswravens says: Apr 3, 2013 5:51 PM

    Ayanbadejo was a credit to the organization. And a valued player…until last year when his play noticeably diminished. He’s 37 years old. I was surprised he wasn’t already cut!

  9. ravenator says: Apr 3, 2013 5:59 PM

    Just setting up for another move by the greatest GM in the league.

  10. reed20fence says: Apr 3, 2013 6:00 PM

    As classy as they come. Always a Raven.

  11. pinion8ted says: Apr 3, 2013 6:01 PM

    The roster turnover on this Super Bowl team has been amazing. Can’t ever remember a SB champion shedding this many players so quickly.

  12. kcflake says: Apr 3, 2013 6:02 PM

    I am sure GLAAD will hire him for something.

  13. losangelesravens says: Apr 3, 2013 6:07 PM

    He was a great special teamer, but his age/diminishing speed made his cut a necessity.

    Sad to him go though, I was proud to have such an outspoken Raven standing up for my equal rights. Great man!

  14. classyjacklambert says: Apr 3, 2013 6:09 PM

    Good guy and total class act… Didn’t really fit in with the rest of the ravens. Good luck Ayanbadejo.

  15. ravenator says: Apr 3, 2013 6:11 PM

    Ozzie is simply setting up another move. The greatest GM in the league is working, please everyone, remain quiet and watch the magic unfold

  16. tsuscrumhalf says: Apr 3, 2013 6:16 PM

    Totally great guy….
    A complete asset to the team and the community.

  17. randallflagg52 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:16 PM

    I’m sure BA will get a lot of hate, and it looks like the thumbs down have already begun. He was a very good special teams player, a solid backup linebacker and very classy off the field.

    Shame he get’s so much hate for standing up for equal rights, but regardless of your stance on the whole same sex marriage debate he was still a classy person.

  18. jeff6381 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:22 PM

    Maybe he will be coming out now or maybe the Ravens knew it and decided it wasn’t worth the attention.

  19. dmravens says: Apr 3, 2013 6:23 PM

    He was an outstanding ST player and good backup LB, for a long time… but he was becoming a liability on ST towards the end and missed tackles on both Denver TD returns and a number of other key plays. Thus this move wasn’t a loss, but a necessary step at this point.

    BA, Thanks for the contributions and all the best.

  20. natijim235 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:24 PM

    how can you use classy and ravens in the same sentence?

  21. vincentbojackson says: Apr 3, 2013 6:25 PM

    The Ravens had to clear some money to pay the FedEx bill so they can mail rings to half of last years team.

  22. realskipbayless says: Apr 3, 2013 6:35 PM

    That’s what he gets for mixing non football issues with football.

  23. deathonwings410 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:35 PM

    He was a good special teamer in his prime but Im glad hes gone. He can focus on his misguided political cause.

  24. kmack831 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:39 PM

    BA come back to Santa Cruz… Coach some HS Football!! Or maybe you can join Boldin!! GO NINERS!!!

  25. ravensnation21 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:42 PM

    Thank god. Listening to him talk politics was a headache and his performance was poor last year especially in the Denver playoff game

  26. stillers213 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:48 PM

    It’s going to be hard to find employment at that age.

  27. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Apr 3, 2013 6:52 PM

    I was irritated when the Bears let him go. Great special team player.

    I would guess he’ll be on MSNBC or Current TV soon. That’s not a rip but a fit for his views.

    I wish him the best.

  28. scoobies05 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:58 PM

    easily. ravens are a class team from ownership to front office to coaching staff to players. they are one of the model franchises in the nfl. ravens do it the right way.

  29. dhudge says: Apr 3, 2013 7:42 PM

    Was wondering how long he’d last after his pro-gay marriage thoughts came to light? Not that the Ravens org has a different opinion, but he put himself before the “team” in bringing his thoughts to the public.
    Ravens are all about team first!

  30. mythaimyke says: Apr 3, 2013 9:02 PM

    Now he can come out of the closet! He can get a new job, passing out towels at a gay bath house!

  31. ravensbob says: Apr 3, 2013 10:17 PM

    Another Raven at the end of his career, like Reed. Missed key tackles in Denver playoff game, too slow……

  32. lovefootball4life says: Apr 3, 2013 11:04 PM

    Wouldn’t even be news worthy if he wasn’t so active and visible in off field issues. But he was a Raven and is a smart, responsible, social leader so good luck Brendon. The NFL could use more like you. Honestly I didn’t know until now he was 37 years old. That explains this move. Not too hard to find a ST player and backup LB with 12 picks this year! Go Ravens!

  33. joetoronto says: Apr 4, 2013 4:35 AM

    He simply wasn’t worth the trouble, not even close.

    No team will go near him.

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