On the second day of NFL free agency, there was another surprise move involving the Super Bowl champions.
Safety Bernard Pollard tweeted that he has been released by the Baltimore Ravens, although the team has not yet confirmed that. The move would save the Ravens $1 million against the salary cap. Pollard, who signed a four-year deal 10 months ago, was due a $500,000 roster bonus and $2 million in salary this season.
Well Raven Nation it’s been fun. My time in Baltimore is done… Thank you!
— Bernard Pollard Jr (@Crushboy31) March 13, 2013
On the first day of free agency, the Ravens lost linebacker Dannell Ellerbee to the Miami Dolphins and linebacker Paul Kruger to the Cleveland Browns. Linebacker Ray Lewis has retired to an ESPN chair and safety Ed Reed, cornerback Cary Williams and nose tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu are free agents.
Also on Monday, the Ravens pulled the shock of the week so far, trading wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round draft choice. The team did, though, give quarterback Joe Flacco the biggest contract in the NFL.
No wonder the Baltimore Ravens posted a big purple “Keep Calm and Trust Ozzie” on Facebook yesterday.