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Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 12:10 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

There's a new CBA in town and that means that teams need to get up to the cap floor and also get below the new salary cap. The first victim of this movement? Willis McGahee of the Ravens, apparently.

Or formerly of the Ravens -- Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Monday afternoon that the Ravens have already informed McGahee that they plan on releasing him.

Of course, they can't actually do so until Thursday, July 28 at 4:00 p.m. ET. (I know this because I've been reading up on the league calendar!)

That the Ravens would dump McGahee was wholly expected -- he was due $6 million in 2011, and no one expected them to pay that much for a backup running back.

The good news for McGahee is that there's ample teams in the market for free-agent running backs, and he shouldn't go too long without some kind of employment.

UPDATED (5:49 P.M. ET): McGahee, it turns out, isn't the only unfortunate soul who will be cut Thursday. You can add Ravens NT Kelly Gregg to the list as well, though as Carroll County Times reporter Aaron Wilson reports, there's a chance Gregg could return to the team at a reduced salary.

The 34-year-old Gregg had two years left on his contract at $3.5 million per year.

UPDATE (7:10 P.M. ET): The Ravens are in full-on roster-slash mode apparently: according to reports from Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post and Jamison Henley of the Baltimore Sun, the team has also informed Derrick Mason and Todd Heap that they'll be cut.

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Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:58 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

exactly when was the last time these pitiful birdies in their black leotards actually made it to the big dance? Newsome is by far the most overrated GM in football--unless he is drafting top 10--his picks are mediocre (Kyle Boller anybody) as evidenced by their record over the last few years.  Laugh and rip steeler fans all you want, purple morons--but it seems we do more with less than this overrated team/coach/players/GM/QB/organizati

on/fans/stadium/city



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:57 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

My guess is that Heap will almost-definitely be re-signed and Mason if he'll agree to a lower salary.

The Ravens did draft two good and potentially excellent TE's who now have 2 years experience (Dickson and Pitta), and they were worked into the offense a lot last year.  Still, Heap had a good year, without his usual injuries.

Mason was still the top WR last year, despite acquiring Boldin, and I don't know that the Ravens want to play without him.

McGahee is still an excellent RB-by-committee guy and better goal line runner than Rice.  Of course, Le'Ron McClain had a great year a few years ago when asked to be the main Ravens RB and should be able to do what McGahee did except for the breakaway speed.

The Ravens still have Ngata, Jarret Johnson, and some young DT's like Cody, so I think they've got some leverage in getting Gregg to agree to a lower salary.




Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:46 am
 

NT cut?

Texans might need to make a move for Gregg with new coach (Wade) and the switch to 3.4




Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:41 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

Just listening to a sports program, apparently the Ravens hope they'll be able to re-sign Mason and Heap for cheaper contracts that conform to their cap once they've cut them. I'm not sure how this CBA works, but if they waive a player doesn't the player have to clear waivers before the Ravens can offer a new contract, IE - all other teams have a shot at picking up their contract? Correct me if I'm mistaken, but that could prove risky.



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:20 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

" Tires of those Squeeler fans running their mouths . Cant wait til Sept. 11. "
I think you should be dreading this dates arrival...just another Steeler win on an otherwise mournful day.

 O W N E D



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:19 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

Someone will sign Mason, but not at a big salary. Unless he goes to a Super Bowl contender, he would be better off retiring than going through another brutal season. Teams do not pay for past loyalty. The Ravens begged him to come back a few years ago and they paid him for doing so. Both side received the appropriate benefit, and wer eloyal to each other. Now that Mason is a liability at his age and salary level, the Ravens would only be hurting it's chances at a title by "rewarding" players for the past instead of positioning the team for future glory.



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:15 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

You obviously dont know the situation behind Mason and the Baltimore Ravens. Mason had told the ravens he was retiring 2 weeks into training camp and the only reason he did was to try and get more money. He had no intention of retiring and yes the Ravens would beg him to come back since you cant just find a starting receiver after free agency was over. It was a shaddy move and tried to hold the Ravens hostage since there was no other options for them. It's Pay back time, now the Ravens have plenty of receivers and its about time to cut ties with a 5'10 37yr old receiver. So maybe you should get your facts straight before talk about a team needing to be loyal.



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:07 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

" Cam Camerons offense requires three things . A QB who can make all the throws (better draft one ) a rb who can run behind the tackle ( or run into them fleeing Harrison and Woodley ) and a TE that can stretch the seams ( Heap has only stretched the team budget for about two yrs now ) .
What the Ravens need to do is move to the NFC West so that they could at least have a chance to win their division...but they better hurry because San Fran won't be down much longer.



Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:58 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

I can understand releasing McGahee, with Rice putting up good numbers and a younger McClain there really isn't any need for a 6 million dollar backup.  But I feel so bad for Mason.  I can't believe you cut the same guy you BEGGED to come back when he wanted to retire a few years ago.  If you are going to release him, you should pay him double of what he would have made if you kept him, because he was loyal to the Ravens organization.  This is a prime example of why players feel used and abused by management and owners.  The ironic thing is that if he would have left they would have tried to paint him as a villian. 



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:27 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

Cam Cameron's offense requires three things. A QB that can make all the throws, a RB that can run behind the tackle, and a TE that can stretch the seams. The Ravens will be fine with younger cheaper players. They need more speed at WR, and they are making it happen.


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