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Ravens won’t pick up 2016 option on Chris Canty’s contract

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Case Keenum #17 of the St. Louis Rams scrambles under pressure from defensive end Chris Canty #99 of the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Ravens added to their salary cap room Thursday by releasing linebacker Daryl Smith and declining to exercise their option on defensive lineman Chris Canty’s contract.

According to multiple reports, the team has informed Canty of that decision. Canty was set to make $2.15 million in salary and bonuses in 2016 and the Ravens will get the same amount of cap space back as a result of moving on.

Canty ended last season on injured reserve with a torn pectoral and missed four games earlier in the season with a calf injury. He had 19 tackles and a sack in the nine starts he did make and was a key part of the team’s run defense.

Canty turned 33 in November and told us on PFT Live last month that he planned to return for a 12th NFL season in 2016. Assuming that remains the case in the wake of his departure from Baltimore, Canty should find a home as part of a defensive line rotation at some point this offseason.

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19 Responses to “Ravens won’t pick up 2016 option on Chris Canty’s contract”
  1. bunkmcnulty says: Mar 3, 2016 2:38 PM

    Another solid pro who was a strong leader for the Ravens. Like Smith, he will be missed, but youth, ability and speed need to be upgraded.

  2. ginojohn says: Mar 3, 2016 2:45 PM

    Joe got all the cash!!!

  3. TeamBalco says: Mar 3, 2016 2:51 PM

    He’d be great in Philly, wide nine and such.

  4. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Mar 3, 2016 3:00 PM

    Canty’s price tag should ensure him of continued employment elsewhere

  5. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 3, 2016 3:02 PM

    Just more championship building moves here. That’s all.

  6. amaf21 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:15 PM

    Jumpball Joe strikes again!

  7. ppc50 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:21 PM

    Back to Dallas for league minimum

  8. bengaliballer says: Mar 3, 2016 3:23 PM

    canty underperformed since he’s been on the team, not surprised. I feel like they should have kept Daryl Smith though.

  9. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 3, 2016 3:25 PM

    Gotta figure out a way to give Jump Ball Joe all his money so might as well cut other players so Joe can get his money. I guess it doesn’t matter if they finish 4-12 as long as Joe gets his money.

  10. @Cereal_5 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:27 PM

    Love Canty but he was just a guy on the field last year, he’s not worth much if any cap space at this point

  11. dirtyback says: Mar 3, 2016 4:12 PM

    This team is getting worse by the day. Between lousy draft picks and spending all that dough on Jumpball Joe, they are destined for another disappointing season.

  12. jayhit says: Mar 3, 2016 4:20 PM

    Another loser move by Ravens what are you guys going 2-14 next year…. Ozzie we trust lol

  13. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 3, 2016 4:30 PM

    As usual, Ravens have worked miracles in just two days., freeing up all kinds of cap room for rookies and fre agents. Meanwhile, the Steelers sit on their hands, hoping something good will happen. It won’t. Sweep ’16.

  14. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 3, 2016 4:44 PM

    As usual, Ravens have worked miracles in just two days., freeing up all kinds of cap room for rookies and fre agents. Meanwhile, the Steelers sit on their hands, hoping something good will happen. It won’t. Sweep ’16.

    5-11? What kind of miracle is that? Spin those dreams little skippy spin those dreams. Defense is getting weaker and older as we speak…I know this what chumps do.

  15. williamshatnerstoupee says: Mar 3, 2016 4:46 PM

    “This team is getting worse by the day.”

    And it’s lovely!

  16. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 3, 2016 6:11 PM

    Nice to see the Steeler trolls out in full force over a DL’s contract option bring declined. Your obsession and jealousy is duly noted. LOL.

  17. williamshatnerstoupee says: Mar 3, 2016 6:46 PM

    That team that wears the purple and black is circling the drain. Jump Ball’s contract will cripple them for years to come.

  18. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 3, 2016 10:00 PM

    Of course they didn’t – $40M doesn’t grow on trees you know. But before choosing which D-lineman to keep, they should have watched some tape of Tuitt and Heyward having there way with all of those softies.

  19. spartan01 says: Mar 4, 2016 1:21 PM

    Ravens release a pair of 33+ year old veterans. People want to blame it on Flacco. If they didn’t release them ya’ll would be calling the defense old and slow. Truth is there is younger talent ready to go. That’s how winning franchises are built.

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