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Ravens release Michael Huff, Marcus Spears

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The Ravens have emerged from their bye week by saying farewell to a couple of veteran players who joined the defending champs in the offseason.

The team has announced that safety Michael Huff and defensive end Marcus Spears have been released.

Huff, a former top-10 pick of the Raiders, appeared in seven games with one start.  Spears, who arrived in Baltimore after spending eight years with the Cowboys, appeared in five games with one start.

Because they were cut after the trade deadline, they’ll pass through waivers.  Which means that, if they are claimed, the Ravens will be off the hook for termination pay.

The move also suggests that the Ravens possibly were trying to trade either or both players before Tuesday’s deadline.

The Ravens filled the two roster spots by elevating a pair of safeties from the practice squad:  Omar Brown and Brynden Trawick.

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57 Responses to “Ravens release Michael Huff, Marcus Spears”
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 30, 2013 11:11 AM

    Huff will catch on with somebody, he’s a natural CB who can play safety.

  2. ingraven says: Oct 30, 2013 11:13 AM

    Well, when I first read this I was surprised. Then I thought about how BOTH have performed this season, and the shock went away.

  3. flash1283 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:13 AM

    Remember the Ravens fans telling us what a great pick up Huff was?

    Remember the Radier fans telling them how bad he was?

  4. gameover78 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:20 AM

    And they brought up two safeties from the practice squad to help with their special teams. Spears was injured and had little to no impact. Huff was replaced after week 1 by Matt Elam.

  5. dcapettini says: Oct 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    It takes a while for a guy like this to screw up enough to get cut. Now tell me what a great pickup Reed was for the Texans or Kruger for the Browns.

  6. bettis3636 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    “In Ozzie we trust…” Isn’t that what was plastered all over these signings? Lol oh huh and Dumervil is working out great to isn’t he? Haha

  7. johnnyb1976 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    All I heard from ravens fans was how Huff was going to be so good, and that they wouldn’t miss Ed Reed. How’s all that working out for you guys now? Bengals will run the AFCN for the next 5 years bank on it.

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    “ELITE” Joe Flacco = 8 td — 8 int — 4 fumbles

  9. freepretzels says: Oct 30, 2013 11:23 AM

    Yeah, that Flacco contract is looking worse everyday.

  10. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Oct 30, 2013 11:24 AM

    In any other year, I would not have thought much about this story. But after all the crowing we heard this offseason about how the Ravens are a model franchise and how they would dominate everyone again this season, this story makes me laugh.

  11. ravensterpsarmystrong says: Oct 30, 2013 11:25 AM

    Not making an impact or difference, let’s go younger, cheaper and get the ST in order. It also sends a message to the other veterans: step up or be sent out. Good move!

  12. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Oct 30, 2013 11:25 AM

    Glad they are finally giving Omar Brown a chance.

  13. ingraven says: Oct 30, 2013 11:25 AM

    Looks like BOTH of our former Oakland Raider signings haven’t worked out this year.

  14. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Oct 30, 2013 11:27 AM

    The Bills should have traded Baltimore Byrd for Huff and a 2nd round pick. Baltimore would get their Ed Reed back, and the Bills could continue to build on what is soon to be one of the most dominant franchises in all of sports history.

  15. ravenmomma says: Oct 30, 2013 11:28 AM

    So they elevate Omar Brown and Brynden Trainwreck? Brown is okay but the last I saw of Brynden, he was crashing into Jacoby’s knee. Let’s hope that caboose can stay on the track next time.

  16. iamedreed says: Oct 30, 2013 11:29 AM

    Huff was signed in march before they drafted matt elam in the first round

    after seeing elam play well enough to start, huff became expendable

    and dude sucks at tackling

  17. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Oct 30, 2013 11:31 AM

    Cowboys or Redskins will grab Huff. He’s their type of player and they need help

  18. kevo126 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:33 AM

    these were mostly due to the ravens poor special teams. huff was horrible on special teams and spears cant play special teams.

    but if you ask jacoby jones, trawick isnt very good on special teams either…

  19. Steeley McBeam says: Oct 30, 2013 11:37 AM

    In Ozzie we truhahaha almost got thru that without laughing.

  20. denders22 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:38 AM

    @bettis3636

    Yes, Dumervil actually is playing quite well. He has been much better than Kruger has been for the Browns…

    As for these two guys, they were very low-risk signings. Signed them for pretty cheap with minimal guaranteed money, so if they turn into starters, we got an awesome deal. If they don’t, then we just cut them and don’t lose too much.

  21. buzzbeaubank says: Oct 30, 2013 11:38 AM

    Plenty of chest thumping by Bengal fans on an article about the reigning champs. If only leading the division in October meant more than winning a single playoff game since forever. You’ll get yours eventually, but save the bluster for next weekend at the earliest.

  22. denders22 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:39 AM

    @freepretzels

    The Flacco contract has literally nothing to do with this. These two just didn’t play up to their expectations. Flacco is making less this year than he did last year

  23. bmore55 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:43 AM

    The huff signing was to fill in til Elam was ready he was ready sooner than expected spears would’ve been good except injury problems and ravens need help on special teams

  24. oakfolk says: Oct 30, 2013 11:44 AM

    Huff needs to be moved to CB. He’s not safety. Avoids contact and tackles too high all the time.

  25. ingraven says: Oct 30, 2013 11:46 AM

    bettis3636 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    “In Ozzie we trust…” Isn’t that what was plastered all over these signings? Lol oh huh and Dumervil is working out great to isn’t he? Haha
    ——————————————————–
    So we make 1 Free Agency mistake and you try and clown Ozzie Newsome? The Steelers probably wouldn’t even be able to sign Huff or Spears for the veteran minimum with all the RESTRUCTURING they do every year. That front office is GARBAGE!!

  26. ravensmike410 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:48 AM

    For those who keep bringing up Joe’s contract, please get a clue about the salary cap implications of his deal. The deal is very cap-friendly the first three years, after which they will restructure like all QB’s wind up doing with their deals. People look at the big number ($120.6 mil) and get confused about what that really means. Joe is basically playing a 3 year deal with about $53 mil guaranteed.

    Also, the deal for Dumervil is not a busted deal. You can’t quantify the effect his presence has on the pass rush by simply looking at the amount of sacks he personally has.

  27. ingraven says: Oct 30, 2013 11:49 AM

    freepretzels says: Oct 30, 2013 11:23 AM

    Yeah, that Flacco contract is looking worse everyday.
    —————————————————-
    Haha I see people STILL TRY & blame Flacco’s contract(that counts ONLY 6mil against the salary cap) for ANY/ALL of the roster moves we’ve made. His deal is cap friendly, and so is the Ravens Front Office. :)

  28. ingraven says: Oct 30, 2013 11:52 AM

    flash1283 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:13 AM

    Remember the Ravens fans telling us what a great pick up Huff was?

    Remember the Radier fans telling them how bad he was?
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    Haha I can’t argue with you on that one. Oh well, time to move on!!

  29. raiderufan says: Oct 30, 2013 11:54 AM

    Huff will be working the nickle in Dallas by next week.

    How the Raiders stuck by him at safety and the Ravens signed him as one will forever blow my mind.

  30. guitarkevin says: Oct 30, 2013 11:59 AM

    Is it too late to get Boldin back now?

  31. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 30, 2013 12:02 PM

    Six rings.

  32. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 30, 2013 12:06 PM

    Another great pair of moves by Ozzie, who isn’t afraid to take chances. That’s how champions are built. Last year, they were also laughing at us and look what happened. Superbowl Champions! 11 touchdown passes in the post season. 0 interceptions! Let the Steelers’ obsess over their punter. Makes sense when the Raiders sack your slow moving, slow witted QB 5 times. Note to Steelers: You also might want to try and slow down those 93 yard TD runs. Just a suggestion.

  33. sb35and47champs says: Oct 30, 2013 12:13 PM

    bettis3636 – Dumerville has been really good. What are you talking about??

  34. southpaw2k says: Oct 30, 2013 12:13 PM

    bettis3636 says:
    Oct 30, 2013 11:22 AM
    “In Ozzie we trust…” Isn’t that what was plastered all over these signings? Lol oh huh and Dumervil is working out great to isn’t he? Haha

    ————————————————-

    Dumervil and Suggs have combined for 13.5 sacks thus far this season. Their total so far is second in the NFL for teammates in sacks behind the combo of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali in KC. So yes, he actually has been a good sign for the defense.

    What exactly is your point?

  35. gloomysmitty says: Oct 30, 2013 12:19 PM

    Eagles huff makes sense

  36. deathonwings410 says: Oct 30, 2013 12:25 PM

    To all the Flacco bashers on PFT:

    How would Ozzie justify letting his SB MVP QB who went had threw for 1200 yards, 11 TDs and o ints in the playoffs–sign with another team?

    Who would the Ravens have started at QB this year, Tyrod Taylor?

    Subtract the Buffalo game and Flacco’s numbers would be 8 TDs, 3 ints. Just saying.

    _______________________

    As for Huff, yeah, he stunk up that joint. I was never high on that signing. He was a softy, never pictured him being able to “Play like a Raven” = Fast, Physical and Mentally Tough.

  37. deathonwings410 says: Oct 30, 2013 12:28 PM

    losangelesbillsofbuffalo says:
    Oct 30, 2013 11:27 AM
    The Bills should have traded Baltimore Byrd for Huff and a 2nd round pick. Baltimore would get their Ed Reed back, and the Bills could continue to build on what is soon to be one of the most dominant franchises in all of sports history.

    ___________________________________

    Ozzie would never trade a 1st, 2nd or 3rd pick. After he let Billick talk him into trading up for Boller, he learned to never trade those high picks.

  38. lnunezjr says: Oct 30, 2013 12:47 PM

    Don’t be surprised if Spears ends up back in Dallas where he began his career. Chicago and New England could be possibilities, as well.

  39. tsuscrumhalf says: Oct 30, 2013 12:59 PM

    Huff was exactly as Raiders fans advertised. We had high hopes that a top 10 pick could re-invent himself here. He didn’t. Was a stopgap measure to bridge to Elam as starter. He was so bad that Elam had to jump in on Week 2. But, Elam is a #1 pick & looks to be improving weekly & has a ton of upside. Won’t miss Huff. He was responsible for the long KO return vs Pgh that cost the game. Bad signing, but good reasons to do it back then. It didn’t work, so cut him quick.

    Spears was a depth move & some young guys (Brandon Williams, Deangelo Tyson) have stepped up & provided that depth. I did like his vet presence on the sideline diagnosing & recognizing what was going on. Helped w/adjustments in-game. That’ll be missed. But, he couldn’t get on the field. Could see him healing & maybe coming back later if we get an injury. His health doomed his year so far.

    2 vet signings. Neither worked out as intended. But……the D is still better today than it was last year. Thought these guys would produce more than they did, but that’s life in the NFL.

    In Bmore we still believe in our front office. And Ozzie.

  40. justinsdailypay says: Oct 30, 2013 1:18 PM

    The Vikings are on the Phone right now…Huff would be the best player on the Vikes Defense lol They should pick up both and anyone else that has a heart beat and can play a little D’

  41. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 30, 2013 1:21 PM

    “Thank goodness!”

    – M. Huff and M. Spears

  42. scoobies05 says: Oct 30, 2013 1:40 PM

    6 rings…6 losses. too funny
    and to steely mcbeam….if you really want to laugh, i got one for ya. colbert…hahaha

  43. drucifer23 says: Oct 30, 2013 1:56 PM

    The Ravens filled the two roster spots by elevating a pair of safeties from the practice squad: Omar Brown and Brynden Trawick.

    “Omar comin’ yo!”

  44. lovefootball4life says: Oct 30, 2013 2:16 PM

    Months ago I was happy they signed Huff. Based on how he played now I’m happy ihedigbo emerged and Elam stepped up. Watching his tackling in the Denver game was the first clue. It wasn’t a FA mistake. It created options to see who could do it. This is a defense that’s better than last year and improving.

  45. scoobies05 says: Oct 30, 2013 2:30 PM

    nice to see you are back. i heard you were trying to help troy chase down terrelle

  46. scoobies05 says: Oct 30, 2013 2:31 PM

    here is a stat for drrustbelt…ELITE Joe Flacco. 9 playoff wins…which is more than the Bengals have in their existence

  47. jiggy3198 says: Oct 30, 2013 2:52 PM

    Again to all you bring dead bolts. Flaccos contract is nothing to do with this. He counts 7 mill against the cap This year which is less than he did last year. Next year he counts 14 million which is an average quarterback. The following year it goes up and then they restructured. So all you idiots get off flacco and ten playoff victories not to mention Super Bowl MVP shut the hell up

  48. scoobies05 says: Oct 30, 2013 3:12 PM

    jiggy…couldnt have said it better

  49. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 30, 2013 3:29 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Oct 30, 2013 12:06 PM
    Another great pair of moves by Ozzie, who isn’t afraid to take chances. That’s how champions are built. Last year, they were also laughing at us and look what happened. Superbowl Champions! 11 touchdown passes in the post season. 0 interceptions! Let the Steelers’ obsess over their punter. Makes sense when the Raiders sack your slow moving, slow witted QB 5 times. Note to Steelers: You also might want to try and slow down those 93 yard TD runs. Just a suggestion.

    14 9
    Report comment. Yup another great move skippy, but you forgot so I ll tell you again…..skippy the a Ravens lost to the lousy steelers….or did you forget, the world chumps lost to lousy steeler…..pathetic ravens….eh skippy.

  50. watermelon1 says: Oct 30, 2013 3:50 PM

    I tried to tell these ravens fans that this was NOT a big move signing Huff they actually had idiots claiming Huff would be an improvement over the great Ed Reed. Imbeciles!

  51. cfeeley52 says: Oct 30, 2013 3:53 PM

    @nofool
    It seems you forgot that, despite that win, the steelers are still in last place. Not trying to take away from your win you guys earned that one, but just remember those pathetic ravens are still ahead in the division…

  52. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 30, 2013 4:13 PM

    cfeeley52 says:
    Oct 30, 2013 3:53 PM
    @nofool
    It seems you forgot that, despite that win, the steelers are still in last place. Not trying to take away from your win you guys earned that one, but just remember those pathetic ravens are still ahead in the division…

    0 0
    Report comment. Cfeeley52 haven’t forgotten our current position or the quality of our team….lousy as I clearly stated. I am not talking trash like the pride of Baltimore trolldom so I just wanted him to know the Super Bowl champs are more like chumps for losing to the lousy steelers…..you guys talked trash about Ozzie is the greatest blah blah but can’t own up to it when his mistakes surface as they will…even the best make mistakes because a GMs job is less scientific than rocket science.

  53. hines86for6 says: Oct 30, 2013 4:27 PM

    what happened to Michael Huff? he had a pro bowl type year in 2011.

  54. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 30, 2013 4:30 PM

    Ravens’ fans have plenty to be proud of and much to be hopeful for. The team never sleeps after a loss. We’re batting 1.000 in the SBs, unlike some other teams who go out there and embarass themselves 25% of the time. Our MVP SB QB is playing well — he’s the least of the current problems. Other fans are just plain jealous and that explains why trolls like Nofool (aka Ravanator) get so nervous when the Ravens make some minor roster moves. They puff out their chest over a couple of narrow victories while their own season goes down the sewer. One thing you don’t hear much about, is how Minnesota and Oakland both burned them for huge rushing TDs. 93 yards just last week! How humiliating! I’ll take a last second FG over that kind of thumping anyday.

  55. mwcarolina says: Oct 30, 2013 10:29 PM

    Hopefully they both end up in Washington. They need a safety and he’s an upgrade from Doughty and Spears would be a fine backup

  56. vikes89allday says: Oct 31, 2013 4:07 PM

    The Vikings must pick huff up on waivers the secondary In Minnesota can use some help at DB and S Michael Huff can play both pretty well at least better then some of the guys on the Vikings roster as of now

  57. theeperspective says: Oct 31, 2013 8:13 PM

    I agree that Huff was a major disappointment… BUT… he only got one week to prove himself in a new system with a new team. He performed awfully, and that is understood. But, they plugged in Matt Elam, who is no slouch and he played well. He was a first round pick, Huff was supposed to be the cushion to allow Elam to develop. When Matt Elam stepped in and played well they had no need for Huff. He wasn’t a special team player. Again, I am not saying Huff isn’t a disappointment, but someone should pick him up if they need a safety and give him a shot at more than one game. Elam was just better.

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