Baltimore Ravens cut veteran DB Lardarius Webb

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 08: Lardarius Webb
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 08: Lardarius Webb /

It appears that the Baltimore Ravens are beginning to make their first wave of cuts on Monday by parting ways with long-time cornerback/safety Lardarius Webb.

The Baltimore Ravens have begun their cap cuts and it starts with Lardarius Webb.

Webb tweeted out this statement today, foreshadowing what’s expected to be his eventual release. The move frees up $1.75 million in cap space for the Ravens to work with.

Webb spent his entire nine-year career in Baltimore. Despite his tenure, Webb often gets left off the list of Ravens greats. While he may not have been what Ed Reed or Ray Lewis was to the defense, taking a look at what he accomplished in his time with the Ravens might surprise some folks.

From 2009-2017, Webb played in 127 out of a possible 144 games. He only had one serious injury during his time with the Ravens, an ACL-tear in 2012 that cost him ten games. That’s pretty impressive for a guy on a team that seems to always have trouble keeping the secondary healthy.

In the season prior to that injury, Webb had his very best season as a corner. In 2011, he snagged five interceptions, including a 73-yard pick-six along with a sack. pick-six six wasn’t his only touchdown that year. Webb returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown. Webb was also a playoff standout in 2011, picking off three more passes during the Ravens’ playoff run.

Lardarius Webb was also more versatile than many gave him credit for. The veteran made a successful transition from outside-corner to the safety position. He even stepped in to play slot-corner when the Ravens lost standout Tavon Young for the 2017 season.

Webb wasn’t Ed Reed when he was back at safety or even Deion Sanders when he lined up at corner, but the Ravens knew what they were getting when they sent him out on the field: A leader and a guy that could fill in anywhere on the defense and be solid.

The Ravens have more secondary-depth heading into the 2018 season than they’ve had in many years. With Webb turning 32 and his release creating $1.75 million that the Ravens desperately needed, the writing on the wall was there for his release.

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An almost decade-long run comes to an end in Baltimore. So long, Webby. This member of the flock wishes you the best.