Offensive lineman Marques Ogden, the younger brother of eight-time Pro Bowl tackle Jonathan Ogden, was among 13 players cut by the Baltimore Ravens in advance of the NFL deadline. Teams must trim their rosters to 65 players, not including exemptions for players who participated in NFL Europe, by Tuesday.
The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Ogden, who played at St. John's College High and Howard University, was a long shot to make the 53-man roster, but it was something of a surprise that he was let go during the first round of cuts. Ogden was originally a sixth-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003; the Ravens signed him to the practice squad last year.
His older brother was visibly upset when he talked to the media Monday afternoon.
"I don't really have a whole lot of comment on it," Jonathan Ogden said. "It's one of those things where I completely disagree with the whole situation and I don't think it's right, but at the same time I do understand the nature of it because it is a business. I know where they're coming from, but it doesn't mean I've got to like it or that I've got to sit here and give you a happy song and dance."
Two former Maryland players, tight end Rob Abiamiri and wide receiver Curtis Williams, were among the players released on Monday.
Baltimore also waived cornerback Bill Alford, tackle Lester Brown, running back Keith Burnell, defensive lineman Walter Curry, safety Jarvis Johnson (who had a 78-yard interception return for a touchdown against New Orleans), linebacker Steve Josue, defensive tackle Tron LaFavor, kicker Rhys Lloyd, kicker Owen Pochman and wide receiver Fred Stamps.
The Ravens currently have 70 players on their roster, including five who have NFL Europe exemptions. Teams must reduce their rosters to 53 players by Saturday.
Ravens Notes: Running back Jamal Lewis, fullback Alan Ricard, and guard Edwin Mulitalo returned to practice Monday, which meant that the Ravens finally had their full starting offense on the field. Ricard and tight end Todd Heap are expected to make their preseason debuts Thursday against the Washington Redskins. Lewis's status is still up in the air, and Coach Brian Billick said that Lewis will be pushed hard in practice this week. . . . One of the team's priorities Thursday night will be making sure that Heap, Lewis (if he can go) and linebacker Peter Boulware get enough playing time to prepare them for the season opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 11. Heap missed 10 games last season with an ankle injury and underwent separate surgeries on his ankle and shoulder in the offseason; Boulware has not played since December 2003. . . .
Billick said the Ravens still have interest in Philadelphia defensive tackle Corey Simon, whom the team attempted to trade for in the offseason. The Eagles withdrew the franchise tag on Simon, making him an unrestricted free agent. "It could get a little pricey, but I'm sure [General Manager Ozzie Newsome and the personnel department] are on top if it and they will monitor it," Billick said.