Potential Roster Cuts
Unlike the number of players who could get traded, there are a multitude of significant people in the Ravens organization who are likely to be cut – Brandon Williams, Calais Campbell, and L.J Fort. First, Brandon Williams is on the wrong side of 30 and on a massive five-year, $52.5 million contract.
The Ravens have already restructured his contract twice in three years and cutting him makes sense, as the Ravens have depth at the position (Derek Wolfe (free agent but likely to return on a cheap contract), Justin Madabuike, and Broderick Washington) and the move will save them $7.5 million in cap space.
Second, albeit playing well in his first season as a Raven, Calais Campbell is a major candidate to be cut for two simple reasons – his age and contract.
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Albeit playing at an all-pro level for the past decade, Campbell’s play has declined recently due to his age (34). With Campbell aging has come more missed games, evident this season as he missed four games. This move will save the Ravens an additional six million dollars in cap space.
Third, L.J. Fort, the middle linebacker signed by Baltimore midseason in 2019, is a likely player to be cut.
The veteran middle linebacker is 31 years old, and with the Ravens having younger and better options at the position (Patrick Queen, Malik Harrison) the move makes sense and will save the Ravens $2.250 million in cap space. Lastly, Tavon Young, who when healthy is possibly the best nickel cornerback in the NFL, is also a likely player to be cut.
The Ravens signed him to a three-year, $25.8 Million contract a few seasons ago with the expectation that his high-level player will continue and improve, but Young has failed to stay healthy, suffering major injuries the past two seasons.
The Ravens have lots of depth at the cornerback position and with cap space being an issue a cut is likely, giving the Ravens an additional $3.3 million in cap space.
The following players are primarily used for depth purposes and whose release would give the Ravens significant cap space to work with: Andre Smith, Deon Cain, Greg Mancz, Khalil Dorsey, Otaro Alaka, and Trace McSorley (albeit he’s very popular, Tyler Huntley is clearly the Ravens QB2 (backup quarterback) of the future). Cutting these players will save the Ravens an additional $4.92 in cap space.