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Ravens to cut Vonta Leach, Jameel McClain soon

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With the names the Ravens were willing to let go last offseason, nothing should be a surprise.

But as they prepare to adjust the team via free agency, they’re letting go a pair of veterans.

According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens are releasing fullback Vonta Leach and linebacker Jameel McClain.

Leach came back last year in one of the most drawn-out sagas ever for a veteran fullback, and helped the Ravens (so to speak) to the worst rushing season in franchise history. Cutting him clears $1.75 million off the books.

The Ravens got McClain back on the field last year after his 2012 neck injury, and he started 10 games. But they can clear $3.2 million in cap space with the move and plug second-year linebacker Arthur Brown in to his spot.

With the Ravens trying to retain left tackle Eugene Monroe, they’re going to need cap room, and getting rid of disposable veterans is a sure way to do it.

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31 Responses to “Ravens to cut Vonta Leach, Jameel McClain soon”
  1. southpaw2k says: Feb 27, 2014 3:05 PM

    Neither is a surprise cut. Wouldn’t be shocked to see Sam Koch cut either.

    I’m sure this is all somehow Flacco’s fault (even though anyone with half a brain would know it isn’t).

  2. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 27, 2014 3:06 PM

    As a Steeler fan who wants “us” to do well against the Ravens, I had and continue to have a LOT of respect for Leach. That guy brought it, play in and play out!

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 27, 2014 3:06 PM

    The Wizard of $120,000,000

  4. ingraven says: Feb 27, 2014 3:07 PM

    Would be nice to be able to keep Leach & Jacoby since they worked in Kubiak’s offense before, but this is what they drafted Juice for. And I doubt Leach would wanna come back after being cut 2 years straight anyway.

  5. foldallpairs says: Feb 27, 2014 3:16 PM

    It may not be Flacco’s fault, but when you count for 11% of the cap number, you are a contributor.

  6. thevikesarebest says: Feb 27, 2014 3:16 PM

    They probably had too much class for the ravens to handle.

  7. steelsity says: Feb 27, 2014 3:21 PM

    Flacco strikes again!!

  8. rockthered1286 says: Feb 27, 2014 3:24 PM

    Called this two months ago.

  9. trollaikman8 says: Feb 27, 2014 3:25 PM

    Thanks Flacco.

  10. ravensdominate says: Feb 27, 2014 3:26 PM

    Love both these guys. Sorry to see them leave. #champs

  11. lenbias34pt says: Feb 27, 2014 3:28 PM

    With James Ihedigbo gone the Black birds are down one hellva hitter.
    Gotta hope they bring McClain back. This guy leaves a mark with each hit.

    While certainly not the BEST 2 defenders on the team LY, they were the best 2 hitters on the team. And as much as it’s a speed league (why Elam will be a SS in ’14) you still need to intimidate the other team a few times a game.

  12. wildcatjoe says: Feb 27, 2014 3:36 PM

    Who needs running backs anyway when you have such an elite quarterback as flacco.

  13. djshnooks says: Feb 27, 2014 3:38 PM

    I’d like to see the Bills bring another Syracuse boy to Buffalo, in McClain, since they have a need at MLB anyways.

  14. canedaddy says: Feb 27, 2014 3:41 PM

    Two awesome dudes, hate to see them go but it had to be done to keep Monroe. Fortunately there are young replacements ready to step in for both guys (Juszczyk and Brown).

  15. southpaw2k says: Feb 27, 2014 3:42 PM

    Drew Brees’ cap number is about 16% of the Saints’ total cap. Matt Ryan’s salary is about 15.7% of the Falcons’ total. Eli counts 18.5% of the Giants’ total for this year. Sam Bradford takes up 13.9% of the Rams’ cap.

    Why oh why oh why oh WHY does everyone seem to think that Flacco is the only QB in the league whose salary takes up a significant chunk of his team’s total cap? Heck, his cap number doesn’t even come close to those four QBs, and that’s just a small sample of other QBs around the league.

  16. tjrogers09 says: Feb 27, 2014 3:49 PM

    The fullback position is dying…The Ravens barely lined up last year in the I-Formation to even use leach, hence why they had the worst rushing offense ever… No need to keep him. McClain is a very expensive risk with his spinal cord injury. Smart moves to dump both since they weren’t being used very much.

    Joe’s contract was not a cap casualty last year only counting for $6.8 million. However this year he’s in the realm of all top paid qb’s at $14.8 million. Just like all top paid qb’s he will be restructuring in a year or 2 to save cap space.

  17. joemammy says: Feb 27, 2014 3:50 PM

    The Curse of Art Modell.

  18. ravensterps says: Feb 27, 2014 3:56 PM

    I know it was somewhat expected, but I really hope they’re cutting McClain to make room for D’Qwell Jackson.

  19. ravensnation21 says: Feb 27, 2014 4:00 PM

    Its pretty funny that Steelers fans continue to talk about our salary cap situation when they are 8.5 million OVER the cap right now. Better get young soon!

  20. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 27, 2014 4:05 PM

    That’s nothing, in 2015 when Flacco’s cap hits $30M, they’re going to have to release about 43 guys.

  21. yyyass says: Feb 27, 2014 4:07 PM

    Leach hardly played, so cutting him was a no-brainer. In today’s NFL a successful passing attack correlates to winning about four times that of a strong running game (heloooooo Vikings) so Leach was expendable. McClain had been hurt and can more easily be replaced with a cheaper alternative within a deeper defense than going cheap on the struggling offense. As usual in the Flacco era, the defense has to compensate for an overpaid, underperforming offense. If Pitta’s agent isn’t careful, he’ll be next. Flacco was the last contract the Ravens will be signing for All-Pro money for middling-to poor production.

  22. tcostant says: Feb 27, 2014 4:14 PM

    Leach should have signed with the Giants when he had the chance…

  23. flacco8 says: Feb 27, 2014 4:25 PM

    You haters crack me up….Flacco’s 11% of the cap number is MUCH lower than most of his peers! Why dont you guys actually take time to understand the facts before you hate!!

    FACT – He is not even our largest cap number this year (Ngata is)

    FACT – His cap number does not become unmanagable until 2016 when he will surely sign an extension

    FACT – The Steelers are in MUCH WORSE CAP SHAPE than the Ravens!

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 27, 2014 5:58 PM

    FACT – His cap number does not become unmanagable until 2016 when he will surely sign an extension

    FACT – The Steelers are in MUCH WORSE CAP SHAPE than the Ravens!

    FACT- Raven trolls say the say thing every year at this time and always get under the cap and even beat the a Ravens with a third string QB ….look it up.

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 27, 2014 7:22 PM

    FACT: 19 td – 22 int – 8 fumbles

    FACT: ozzie paid too much

    FACT: Bengals knocked ravens out of playoff contention

    FACT: I’m laughing at you

  26. poesports says: Feb 27, 2014 7:49 PM

    Hey Rustbelt. Talk to me when the Bengals actually win a playoff game. I’ll match Flacco’s record against Dalton’s any day.

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 27, 2014 8:54 PM

    FACT: Dalton just threw another playoff int.

  28. iamedreed says: Feb 28, 2014 10:23 AM

    i love the steeler trolls commenting on flaccos contract, you do realize big jen has cap numbers of like 20million the next 2 seasons right?

    can’t wait to see what kind of contract he commands, and with him being over 30 they aren’t going to be able to spread those cap numbers very far out into the future

    at least Joe hasn’t missed a snap in his 6 years, has ben ever played a full season without missing a snap?

  29. jimmyjames65 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:40 PM

    I seen that coming. But it was a good move. Both were expendable. I believe they worked something out with Pitta and Monroe. Definitely need Daryl Smith. He played great. And I think he will be even better in the coming years in a Ravens uniform.

  30. steel2372 says: Mar 1, 2014 8:58 AM

    I think Big Ben didn’t miss a game this past season.

  31. ravensdominate says: Mar 1, 2014 4:47 PM

    FACT: the Bengals have never won a Super Bowl

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