Ravens release homegrown outside linebacker

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In a roster move made on Thursday that flew a bit under the radar, the Baltimore Ravens waived one of their homegrown talents to make room for another player in their 53-man roster by cutting linebacker Jeremiah Moon.

Moon was automatically put on the wire, meaning he can be claimed by any other NFL team and he will only be able to re-join the Ravens if he goes unclaimed.

The former UDFA in 2022 has five tackles in four games this season, faced a simple roster-number problem, and became a cap casualty. Baltimore is grappling with injuries mostly at the running back position only having two rushers in the active roster with Melvin Gordon out of elevations and Keaton Mitchell not fully fit.

This season marked Moon's second stint with the Ravens, having narrowly avoided being cut for good in the past. He initially joined the team as an undrafted free agent post-2022 draft, later securing a practice squad deal after being re-signed by Baltimore last year.

The Florida standout, now enjoying his second year as a pro, played a crucial role in the practice squad last season and earned another one this past summer mostly due to his familiarity with the defensive scheme of the Ravens.

With Tyus Brown supposedly inching close to returning after spending the first four weeks on IR and while still recovering from his health problems, and with the unexpected explosion of veterans Jadeveon Clowney and Kyle Van Noy, Moon proved to be a bit of a surplus asset.

The team may now be eying Melvin Gordon to fill Moon's roster spot, considering Gordon's practice squad elevations have been exhausted, necessitating a move to the active roster. If Gordon gets moved to the 53-man squad, he would need to sign a season-long guaranteed deal with Baltimore.

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Given the team's circumstances, Moon could find himself back in the NFL sooner rather than later whether that's bey signing with another team or re-joining the Ravens if he clears waivers.

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