The Baltimore Ravens officially announced the release of former Pro Bowl cornerback Chris McAlister, terminating his contract today.
As first reported by Pro Football Talk earlier today, the Ravens parted ways with McAlister, a three-time Pro Bowl selection drafted in the first round of the 1999 draft out of Arizona.
McAlister made the following comments in an interview this afternoon with Baltimore radio station 105.7 FM:  “It’s kind of strange how it all happened.  It’s a tough pill to swallow at the end of the day.  It’s one of those things that no player, especially after being with an organization as long as I’ve been, wants to hear that they’ve been released.  It happens.  It’s part of the game.
“There’s nothing I can do about it.  I’m still dealing with the shock of the whole thing.  I can’t imagine that this happened.  I never thought it would hapen.  I’ll bounce back.  I still love football.  I still want to play football.”
When asked about his reported clashes with the coaching staff and how he received the news, McAlister related: “As far as mending fences, some fences I can’t comment on. This is a blind shot to me as well.  I went in to take my exit physical and I sat down and talked to coach [John] Harbaugh for 15 minutes and talked about how I felt about coming back and the conditioning program and he said we would talk in a couple of days.
“I left his office and two minutes later walked into the general manager’s office, Ozzie Newsome, and got cut. The whole way it went down is probably the most disappointing thing to me. As far as mending fences, they can’t be mended at this point. There’s nothing I can do to change the situation.”
As for his surgically repaired knee, McAlister said he’s on schedule to be cleared for “100 percent football activity” by May or June. McAlister underwent surgery in November.
“First, we want to thank Chris for all he did for the Ravens in the past 10 years,” Newsome said in a statement.  “He was a major contributor to many big wins, including the Super Bowl. To play the type of defense we have used here, you have to have corners who can cover one-on-one.  He was one of the best at that for us.  He was physical, and he could run with the best.”
McAlister, 31, played in just six games before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury that required surgery.  He intercepted three passes last season.
“All of us who had the opportunity to coach Chris for the first time this season have an appreciation for all the good things he did for the team through the years,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll be remembered by us and the fans as one of the best to ever play for the Ravens. He’s a tough guy and loves football. He’ll play again, and he’ll play well.”


  1. If he was shocked by the move, he must be the only one. He’s either lying or his agent has been blowing a bunch of smoke up his butt and not doing his job.

  2. Mostly good times over the past 10 years…when he wanted to be, he was a top shut down corner. Still, every once in a while, he would get that aweful 15 yd penalty for something dumb, like taking off his helmet, that would extend the drive at the end of a game.
    Best of luck whereever he winds down his career, but it was definitely time to move on from Baltimore.

  3. You could see this coming in camp. I was 100% positive this was going to happen in November.

  4. He had 3 interceptions in 6 games last season… Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that pretty damn good? Obviously he’s getting up in age, but hey, one team’s trash is another team’s treasure.

  5. You could see in training camp that he couldn’t walk up the steps that lead away from the practice field without pulling himself up with both hands on the railing. I thought after seeing him then that if he was a horse they would have shot him. I think he’s lucky to have made it this long without getting the ax.

  6. He had 3 interceptions in 6 games last season… Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that pretty damn good? Obviously he’s getting up in age, but hey, one team’s trash is another team’s treasure.
    He also got absolutely owned by Marvin Harrison. He looked like a retard out there.

  7. Harbaugh could at least have had the gonads to disclose the truth in that last meeting before he got axed a couple minutes later. I don’t know if the guy deserved to be cut, but he probably did deservre to have his coach be straight with him.

  8. The monster defense you are discussing did what they did without CMac for almost the whole season. He is a really good corner who mostly kept to himself, was never any type of leader and had a propensity to say or do stupid things. If he thought that he was coming back for 8 million after having a PCL fixed, then he was dumber than I thought. I really liked CMac and every team needs a shutdown corner, but the price to pay with him is his lapses into senselessness. And on a bad wheel, for a guy not buying into the new coaches plan he was just too much money and too much headache. Good luck where ever you go. He could easily pull a Rod Woodson and play saftey for 5 or 6 years, but his best days at CB are behind him.

  9. I wouldnt count it Fade2Black….
    Number 2 D without C-Mac this year….Number 5 D without Ray-Ray in 2005..

  10. He should get out of the AFC North so Hines Ward isn’t knocking him on his ass twice a year.

  11. For the last couple years, C-Mac has been as much of a detriment to the success as he was a benefit. When he wanted to be ‘on’, he is one of the best, but the guy has a lousy attitude and takes off too many plays. He gets lazy playing too far off the receiver and allows consistent short yardage receptions, which sometimes turn into much bigger YAC stats. Sure, he was once great, but his final Baltimore memory will be allowing to easy 1st quarter TD’s in Indy, which put the whole team in a bind. Way to help out C-Mac.
    It’s a shame Phil Savage lost his job in Cleveland, because otherwise it would be a lock that he’d be toasted by Flacco twice a year. Maybe Marvin will pick him up.

  12. @Joe 6-pack
    6 picks in 3 games does sound pretty good. But CB’s aren’t measured by interceptions alone. In fact, just because a CB has a lot of picks does not mean they can cover. Many times it means they take too many chances hoping for a big play and instead can get burned.

  13. I’m shocked the Harbaugh didn’t tell him to his face. The least you can expect from a coach is the honesty to tell his players bad news.
    BTW, if interceptions were the measure of how good a CB is, then Deangelo Hall would be in the hall of fame and Nnamdi Asamougha would not be a franchise player. A pick a game doesn’t matter if you’re also the guy giving up flag routes.

  14. I’ll bet not getting that 10 mill salary this year is a tough pill to swallow. I’m not sure how I feel about the team releasing C-Mac, He’s one of my all time favorite Ravens.

  15. bdub says:
    February 16th, 2009 at 4:34 pm
    He had 3 interceptions in 6 games last season… Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that pretty damn good? Obviously he’s getting up in age, but hey, one team’s trash is another team’s treasure.
    He also got absolutely owned by Marvin Harrison.

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