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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: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:24 pm

Report: Ravens tell Willis McGahee he's released

AES, While I was reading your post, all I could think about was who is in charge of making the "offical" announcements. What if some team officially announces a signing before the original team announces a player being cut? Is there a penalty? Who is supposed to remember who goes first?

Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:13 pm

Report: Ravens tell Willis McGahee he's released

I am sure it was due to the CBA.  The owners wanted to designate more restrictive free agents, however the the players did not.  This gives all teams the ability to talk to any available player until Friday, and players the ability to talk to all teams before contracts are signed.  Effectively gives free agency, but gives the old team an opportunity to present their case before an actual signing and gives player possiblity to receive another offer until the 'official' signing deadline.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:55 pm

Report: Ravens tell Willis McGahee he's released

This is all pretty stupid. Everyone now knows he will be released, but it can't be made official yet? Furthermore, starting tomorrow, another team can agree to terms with him, but that also can't be made official yet? Why not? It's got nothing to do with the players ratifying and recertifying, because they have until August 4 to do that. Also, everything is contingent on those two things happening, and they both will. So, what gives?

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