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The Ravens have officially released wide receiver Lee Evans and cornerback Chris Carr, General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced Friday afternoon.
The cuts open up salary cap space and allow the Ravens to pursue desired free agents.
Both Evans and Carr met with Newsome and Head Coach John Harbaugh on Thursday to talk about the decision.
“Each year we have to make tough, difficult decisions to manage our roster,” Newsome said. “Chris Carr and Lee Evans were valuable Ravens, and both helped us get to the AFC Championship game and the brink of the Super Bowl last season with the way they played and the maturity they added to the locker room. Chris was instrumental in helping us earn the playoffs the last three seasons.
“As we talked about when we informed Chris and Lee of these moves, this does not close the door on them coming back to the Ravens.”
Evans, who the Ravens traded a fourth-round pick for last offseason, was supposed to be a speedy, veteran complement to Anquan Boldin and rookie Torrey Smith.
But an early ankle injury forced Evans out of seven games and he finished the regular season with just four catches for 74 yards.
His lasting legacy may be his “drop” in the AFC championship. Evans had the potential game-winning catch punched out of his hands with 27 seconds left on the clock in New England.
Like Evans, Carr was a more expensive veteran who was passed over for younger, cheaper talent partly because of injuries.
Carr played admirably in starting 16 games in 2010, but was also sidelined for seven games last year by a nagging hamstring injury. Cornerbacks Lardarius Webb, Cary Williams and Jimmy Smith leapfrogged him and made up one of the best defensive backfields in the NFL.
Carr had signed a reported four-year contract before last season, and was reportedly due a $2.5 million base salary and carried a $3.45 million salary-cap figure into next season.
There is no word from the organization on the fate of cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who is named in reports among those to be released.
Foxworth, who spent the majority of the past two seasons on injured reserve (knee), reportedly carries a $7 million salary. There are reports that Baltimore wants to investigate his health before making a decision.
The Ravens also announced that they put running back Ricky Williams on the reserve/retired list, which gives the Ravens his rights if he decides to return to the NFL.