Ravens release FB Vonta Leach and LB Jameel McClain

For the second time in nine months, Vonta Leach has been cut by the Ravens. (USATSI)
For the second time in nine months, Vonta Leach has been cut by the Ravens. (USATSI)

For the second offseason in a row, Vonta Leach has been cut by the Ravens. The Baltimore fullback was released on Thursday along with linebacker Jameel McClain in a cost-cutting move that will free up almost $5 million in cap space for the Ravens.

Leach and McClain might be gone for now, but they could be back. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome didn't rule out a possible return for either player, "There could come a point later on when we would consider bringing back Vonta and Jameel," Newsome said in a statement.

That's exactly what happened last offseason. Leach was cut in mid-June after the two sides couldn't agree on how to reduce his $3 million 2013 salary. Baltimore then brought Leach back in late July with a two-year deal. 

In three seasons with the Ravens, Leach has been to two Pro Bowls (2011-12), but his playing time was cut back in 2013 after Baltimore started running more one-back sets. 

Leach took to Twitter on Thursday and didn't exactly sound like a player that might return. 

As for McClain, he's been in Baltimore since coach John Harbaugh's first season in 2008. McClain was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Syracuse and has started 55 games for the Ravens over the past six seasons. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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