Ravens cut Brendon Ayanbadejo

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Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo won’t be part of the title defense effort in Baltimore.

A league source informed PFT a short time ago that the Ravens have released Ayanbadejo. The team hasn’t announced the news yet, but Ayanbadejo has taken to Twitter to say goodbye to both the organization and the city of Baltimore to confirm that he’ll be looking for employment elsewhere in 2013.

“I would like to thank the city of Baltimore and the Ravens organization for an amazing ride,” Ayanbadejo wrote. “We will forever be united as champions!”

The move saves the Ravens about $800,000 under the cap and continues an offseason of change in Baltimore. Ayanbadejo didn’t play a major role on defense as much of his work came on special teams, but it’s another veteran that will be moving down the road shortly after the team’s triumph in New Orleans.

Ayanbadejo, who will be honored along with Vikings punter Chris Kluwe for their pro-gay marriage activism at a Straight for Equality event on Thursday night in New York, turns 37 in September. That may limit his suitors if teams decide to opt for younger plays to round out their rosters as the offseason rolls along.