Ravens to cut Vonta Leach, Jameel McClain soon

AP

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.

31 responses to “Ravens to cut Vonta Leach, Jameel McClain soon

  1. 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. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

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