If Baltimore, Maryland had their self-made currency, on the back of each bill it would read at the top: ‘In Ozzie We Trust.’ If that was the case, Baltimoreans would be burning their money right now due to the Baltimore Ravens’ decision to release safety Bernard Pollard Wednesday morning after his physical, according to a source.
Pollard signed a three-year extension last year, after signing a two-year deal in 2011.
The hard-hitting, spirited safety released the news himself on Twitter as he sent a farewell to Ravens’ fans, who now scratching them heads: “Well Raven Nation it’s been fun. My time in Baltimore is done…Thank you!
With the loss of linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe, which were to be expected from Kruger’s camp, and the expectation of free agent safety and Ravens’ legend Ed Reed departure, Pollard’s release was a blindsided hit.
Pollard, 28, will definitely be a sought out free agent with the likes of the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles who are looking to improve or strengthen their secondary.
Executive vice president/general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens has been questioned about their offseason moves ever since they signed quarterback Joe Flacco to a six-year, $120.6 million deal, which made him the highest-paid player in NFL history.
Other than placing tenders on some of their keys players like Dennis Pitta and Arthur Jones and signing Flacco, the Ravens has been unable to re-sign any of their free agent players this offseason.
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