Teams Will Begin Cutting Rosters

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome expects some “real good players” to be cut.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, February 8th, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Hold onto your Ravens hats, the NFL offseason is officially underway.

Now that Super Bowl XLIV has come and gone, teams can begin to cut players at a more rapid pace.

It’s already been reported that Browns wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth, who had his one-year suspension lifted Sunday, will be released by Cleveland. The Jacksonville Jaguars are also expected to part ways with 11-year wide receiver Torry Holt.

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome expects it to only heat up from here.

“I think in that this is an uncapped year, there will be some real good players that are going to get cut,” Newsome said last Wednesday. “So, I think that’s going to increase our pool of players.

“There’s an opportunity for us to improve our position in several different positions, as well as wide receiver.”

One reason that there could be more players available is because while there is no maximum that teams can spend during an uncapped year, there’s also no minimum. That means teams looking to slash payroll could wave goodbye to players with bigger contracts.

The Ravens have two such players in defensive end Trevor Pryce, who is set to earn a reported $4.5 million in the final year of his contract, and running back Willis McGahee, who is in the middle of a reported seven-year, $40.12 million deal.

But judging from what Owner Steve Bisciotti said last Wednesday, the Ravens aren’t in the business of hacking payroll this offseason.

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