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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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Comments

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:36 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

does anyone remember Marvin Harrison? I think the only one of the four not in trouble of finding another team would be McGahee. I din't see any team picking up Mason(age), or Heap(injures).



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 5:36 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

And this is why the Ravens lose to the Steelers come playoff time year after year.  Bad managment.

And this is why people make fun of Steelers fans. Stupid comments.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2011 2:18 am
 

Cuts, yes. New teams, doubtful.

I, for one, am predicting that most players that get "cut" this week will find themselves in a situation where they will renegotiate to something that keeps them at home. A few top end guys might get cherry picked by those with cap room, but I don'y know if I'd anticipate whole-sale roster changes.



Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:45 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

These are definitely some big names here but I'm sure we will see a TON of other big name (and contract) players released around the league.  As was already posted teams already had an idea of what they were going to do once the ink was dry.  Everyone's head will be spinning over the next few weeks so get ready for it. 

It will be even more interesting to see what type of salaries are offered for these players, will teams keep stretching the bank out or will they show some fiscal responsibility.  My guess is that there will be many teams that show good sense with their cash but then a few of them will roll out the red carpets and fat checks and cause a salary bubble again at some point.



Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:50 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

And this is why the Ravens lose to the Steelers come playoff time year after year.  Bad managment.



Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:27 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

Get use to it.  This is going to be a daily routine.  Teams already have a plan in place and some are ready to execute and wasting no time.  Wait until 10:00 A.M. tommorrow all kinds of transactions are going to happen.  Things will be fast and furious over the next few days.  Teams will be dumping players and signing players and you as a fantasy owner have to keep up with all of this or you will get burned on draft day.  Good luck and stay on your toes to aviod drafting the wrong player thinking he's on one team and he's on another.Surprised



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:04 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

I am very disappointed that they are going to waive Derrick Mason and Todd Heap. I feel that they've been intricate parts of the Ravens' success in the last two seasons. Is this a trend of dumping all their vets to bring in cheap, younger players? Next on the chopping block, Ed Reed. DUMB!



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:01 am
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

I may actually end up keeping ray Rice for fantasy not that McGahee wont be around to vulture his touchdowns.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:52 pm
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

So why does this story come out about the Ravens already?  Is it just that they blabbed their plans first (early?)?  Aren't most teams going to have a list like this as rosters are adjusted?  Or, are the Ravens so over the cap that they have more hits to take than most teams?  

Either way, the Ravens don't have enough to win it all so it's probably rebuilding time.  If they were smart, they'd cut that QB that kills them every year in crunch time.



Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Ravens cut McGahee, Mason, Heap, Gregg?

I trust Ozzie, he has never let me down before, long way to go until final rosters are set, everyone chill!


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