We expected Willis McGahee to get released, but the Ravens pulled a few surprises Monday.
Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun reports the team has informed tight end Todd Heap and defensive tackle Kelly Gregg of their impending release. Gregg could be brought back at a lower price. It’s uncertain whether Heap may get the same chance.
Both players joined the Ravens in 2001, and have been among the most respected players in the franchise since the team moved from Cleveland. Heap was due $4.6 million, while Gregg was due $3.5 million.
The Ravens drafted Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta in the 2010 draft, and clearly felt they were prepared to move on from Heap. Dickson could be a big part of the team’s offense.
Yeah, these moves probably won’t quiet those Nnamdi Asomugha rumors in Baltimore.
UPDATE: Wow, they cut Derrick Mason too. That’s the most surprising one yet. Perhaps he could be brought back at a lower price, but it looks like the Ravens are dead set on getting younger and faster. (And possibly making some big splashes in free agency.)