The Ravens spent the first few weeks of free agency jettisoning integral pieces of their championship roster: Anquan Boldin, Cary Williams, Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard, Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger were either traded or not re-signed. On Wednesday, core special- teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo joined the ranks of former Ravens after the team released him.
The linebacker was undrafted out of UCLA but managed to have a 10-year career with three NFL teams (Dolphins, Bears, and Ravens). Ayanbadejo's age (37 before next season), and salary (he was due $940,000) may have hastened his departure. Still, he remained thankful for the opportunity to play in Baltimore.
I would like to thank the city of Baltimore and the Ravens organization for an amazing ride. We will forever be united as champions!— Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310) April 3, 2013
“With this such a huge platform and being such a big game, I have to narrow my scopes and have real fine vision and know the importance of why I am here and I'm here because of the Super Bowl,” Ayanbadejo told USA Today in the days before Super Bowl XLVII. “Of course, if I can be a voice for equality, especially after this game, then I welcome everybody to sit down and get together after the game and we'll do a lot more for equality than just talking about it now at a sporting event.”