The Baltimore Ravens made a roster move on Thursday, waiving cornerback Kevon Seymour as the franchise announced.
While this might not seem like a headline-grabbing transaction, it speaks volumes of the current state of the Baltimore secondary, which is packed full of unexpected but talented players this season, from starters to reserves.
Seymour, a 29-year-old, had a minimal role on defense but was a special teams contributor. Ultimately, the franchise deemed him a surplus and by releasing him the Ravens also opened the needed roster spot to bring safety Daryl Worley back to the active roster.
Despite Seymour's veteran status, the post-trade deadline protocol dictates that all players, even those with experience, must pass through waivers. This exposes Seymour to potential claims from other franchises, as the Ravens can't intervene in that process in any way.
The likelihood of Baltimore reassigning Seymour to the practice squad is uncertain because of that, as any claim would land Seymour in other NFL franchise.
Seymour returned to Baltimore in 2023 after spending the 2022 season with the Ravens appearing in 14 games back then but starting none of them. During his 2023 campaign, Seymour played in seven games contributing three tackles and a fumble recovery.
The decision to part ways with Seymour, at least for now, underscores the team's confidence in the secondary's depth. Notably, the emergence of safety Geno Stone (NFL leader in interceptions with five) and the steady performance of cornerback Brandon Stephens (who stepped up in Marlon Humphrey's absence) have been crucial for Baltimore to enter Week 9 with a 6-2 record.
The decision to waive Seymour is not just a simple transaction but a testament to the Ravens' ability to weather challenges and maintain a high standard of play, even when it comes to using backups and ancillary players on a rotational basis.
This week, on top of everything, could mark the return of star safety Marcus Williams to the field as he's been practicing (albeit limited) for two days already.