Ravens Release Veteran Pryce

Safety Ken Hamlin was brought back to the Ravens this week.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 9:56 am | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens released four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Trevor Pryce on Wednesday, making room on the roster so they could re-sign safety Ken Hamlin.

Hamlin was waived on Sept. 22 when cornerback Cary Williams came off his two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Now, the 6-foot-2, 208-pound safety will help out a secondary that has been banged up to start the season, with Ed Reed residing on the physically unable to perform list (hip).

Not having Pryce will be a challenge, however.

The Ravens head to Pittsburgh this weekend, and with the Steelers starting fourth-string quarterback Charlie Batch, Pryce’s pass rush ability on third down would have been helpful.

Pryce, who joined the Ravens in 2006, owns 90 career sacks, including 26 in Baltimore.  His 13 sacks in 2006 are the third most during a single season in Ravens history.

But Pryce hasn’t shown up in the statistic sheet this year, only posting one tackle in a limited role.  Until he was replaced in the starting lineup by Dwan Edwards midway through last year, Pryce had started 42 games for Baltimore.  And even though he wasn’t starting, Pryce still led the Ravens in 2009 with 6.5 sacks.

According to reports, Pryce took a $2.5 million paycut during the offseason to remain with the Ravens.

Without Pryce and with fellow defensive end Cory Redding suffering a concussion last Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, a door could open for Paul Kruger to see his first playing time of the season.  The second-year Kruger was inactive for the Ravens’ first three contests.

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