Rumors have been flying around lately regarding the safety of Chris Canty’s roster spot. The latest comes today from ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, who pretty much agrees with the assessment. But is cutting Canty a realistic possibility for the Ravens? Let’s take a look at the current situation.
Nobody can ignore that fact that Canty didn’t have the best year last season. At 32, his pass rush skills have pretty much set sail, as he registered a mere 2.0 sacks in 15 games. But he is still pretty stout against the run, which makes him at least a useful, quality rotation type player.
Canty certainly isn’t helping matters by not showing up for voluntary work. But veterans rarely do, and are frequently roasted by fans for skipping practice even while we see OTAs dole out major injuries on an annual basis. But guys that are fighting for a roster spot can often help their case by working a little extra hard.
The Ravens also need some things to happen if they realistically want to part ways with Canty. They will need one or more of their young defensive linemen to step up and at least replace his production. Couple that with the fact that the Ravens have already paid Canty’s $500,000 roster bonus, it’s quite obvious they will wait until final cuts if they intend to make a move.
Cutting Canty will save the Ravens a cool $2 million this season against the cap and $2.6 million next year. So even if they keep him around this season, another mediocre year will pretty much seal his fate next offseason.
Do you think the Ravens should cut Chris Canty?