The Baltimore Ravens released their final 53-man roster yesterday. The team terminated the contract of veteran fullback Harold Morrow, and waived eight other players in order to get to the league limit.
Very few roster spots were available when the Ravens opened training camp in late July, but a few young players had impressive preseason performances and survived the final cut.
Wide receiver Clarence Moore, a sixth-round pick from Northern Arizona, was on the bubble, but the raw 6-foot-6 rookie earned a spot. Rookie free agent B.J. Sams won the return specialist job, despite missing most of camp with a broken thumb.
Morrow's departure was something of a surprise, and leaves the Ravens with just eight players who are 30 or older. Morrow, 31, has been a standout special teams player during his nine-year career; he has 140 career special teams tackles. He signed with the Ravens last year.
Among those also waived were wide receiver Todd Devoe, who spent the 2003 season on the Ravens' practice squad; tackle Tony Pashos, who was drafted in the fifth round in 2003 but spent the season on injured reserve; and guard Brian Rimpf, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2004 draft from East Carolina.
Five rookie free agents were also cut: linebacker Brandon Barnes, cornerback Lance Frazier, defensive tackle Jesse Mitchell, tight end Brett Pierce and center Lenny Vandermede.
The Ravens will name their eight-man practice squad this afternoon.
Ravens Note: The mystery is over. Cornerback Deion Sanders, who is returning to the NFL after a three-year absence, is not hiding the fact that he is 37 years old -- he's going to wear it on his jersey. Sanders wore No. 21 throughout his 12-year career, but Chris McAlister -- the Ravens' Pro Bowl cornerback -- already has it. So Sanders will wear No. 37.