Woodhead announced his retirement on his personal Instagram page Friday. Woodhead has been marred by injuries over the past four seasons as he has played in only 29 of 64 possible games. The 33-year-old was released by the Ravens on Tuesday after posting a 2017 season with 14 carries for 56 yards and 33 receptions for 200 yards in eight games. The pass-catching specialist would likely find a landing spot should he choose to continue his 10-year career, but opting for retirement at this point makes sense given his recent injury history.
The Ravens are releasing Woodhead in a move that will save $1.8 million against the 2018 cap, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Signed to a three-year, $8.8 million contract last offseason, Woodhead played only eight games due to a hamstring injury, finishing with 14 carries for 56 yards and 33 catches for 200 yards. His marks of 6.1 yards per catch and 5.1 per target were far below his lofty standards as a pass-catching specialist, with the 33-year-old finally showing some signs of his age. The Ravens may be comfortable using Javorius Allen and/or Kenneth Dixon (knee, suspension) on passing downs, while Alex Collins figures to get most of the carries. Woodhead shouldn't have much trouble landing a new gig, but there's no guarantee he'll be a crucial part of the offense with his next team.
Woodhead is a candidate to be released, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports. Signed to a three-year, $8.8 million contract last offseason, Woodhead injured his hamstring on the opening drive of Week 1 and didn't return until Week 11. He finished the year with 14 carries for 56 yards and 33 catches for 200 yards, with his marks of 6.1 yards per catch and 5.1 per target easily representing career lows for any season with more than three appearances. The Ravens might be content moving forward with Alex Collins, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon (knee, suspension) in the backfield, potentially adding a draft pick to that bunch. Allen and Dixon would both be candidates to take on Woodhead's passing-down snaps.
Woodhead finished his first season in Baltimore with 14 carries for 56 yards to go with 33 receptions for 200 yards over eight games. The veteran was acquired in the offseason with the idea of becoming the Ravens' next high-volume pass catcher out of the backfield. The early returns were promising as he caught his first three targets for 33 yards in the first half of the season opener against the Bengals before a hamstring injury knocked him out for eight games. Woodhead was moderately productive down the stretch, averaging 4.5 targets per game in the second half of the season, but Javorius Allen and even Alex Collins started to take passing-down snaps away from him. The Ravens are financially committed to Woodhead for two more seasons and quarterback Joe Flacco's penchant for checkdowns means that Woodhead should continue to see a fair amount of targets, but his complete lack of utility as a rusher coupled with his minimal touchdown upside render him as a PPR-only type of fantasy option.
Woodhead caught six of seven targets for 31 yards and gained one yard on his only carry in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Browns. Woodhead has been a useful part of the Baltimore offense, but he isn't getting a ton of volume and hasn't seen much work in the red zone. He's yet to reach 50 scrimmage yards in a contest, and a Week 16 matchup with the Colts would seem to favor Alex Collins and Javorius Allen over Woodhead, as the Ravens probably won't need to attempt too many throws.
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|7||10/21||New Orleans Saints||12||17.22|
|14||12/09||@Kansas City Chiefs||20||17.76|
|15||12/16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||29||19.13|
|16||12/23||@Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
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