Ravens Terminate CB Foxworth

GM Ozzie Newsome leaves the door open to re-signing Domonique Foxworth.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

The Ravens have terminated vested veteran cornerback Domonique Foxworth, General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced Monday afternoon.

Foxworth failed his physical. He spent nearly the entire past two seasons on injured reserve after suffering an ACL tear on the eve of 2010 training camp.

The veteran cornerback would have reportedly carried a $7 million salary into this season.

But it’s not ruled out that he could return. 

“We appreciate all Domonique did for us the past three years, both with his play and his important leadership off the field,” Newsome said.

“This does not preclude us from bringing back Domonique at a later date.”

Foxworth, 28, was signed to a reported four-year deal prior to the 2009 season, giving him a return to his hometown. He attended Western Tech High School and starred at the University of Maryland.

In his first season with the Ravens, started all 16 games, finished with 53 tackles and four interceptions, including three in the final three regular-season games.

After that season, Foxworth said he met with Newsome and then Secondary Coach Chuck Pagano, who had high expectations for him in 2010.

“[They said] how well I played in the last eight games and into the playoffs, how it was better than he expected and how I should set my sights for the Pro Bowl,” Foxworth told Baltimore Ravens.com the day after Baltimore’s AFC championship loss.

“Everything was looking up and I was really excited. I thought we were going to win a Super Bowl and it was going to be great. Then everything changed.”

Foxworth was part of a non-contact practice when he suffered his serious knee injury.

He spent the entire season rehabbing, but was also doubling as a key member of the NFLPA’s executive committee, which worked with owners to negotiate the new collective bargaining agreement.

Foxworth made a return at training camp last year and played in Baltimore’s first two games before being moved to injured reserve.

“Things haven’t progressed in the way that I would have expected,” Foxworth said, referring to his knee rehabilitation.

“I definitely wouldn’t say that I’m totally over it. … It’s not how I envisioned coming back home and being the starting cornerback on my hometown team.”

The Ravens have now released two former starting cornerbacks in Foxworth and Carr. Newsome did not rule out bringing back either of them.

If they do not return, the Ravens will have lost two of their more respected leaders in the secondary. Both Foxworth and Carr were known as intelligent, detail-oriented players.

The Ravens have depth at the position with Lardarius Webb, Cary Williams, Jimmy Smith, Danny Gorrer and Chykie Brown.

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