In order to free up valuable salary cap space, the Ravens let go of veteran LB Daryl Smith and Chris Canty.
Smith provided about as smooth of a transition at the inside linebacker position as one could hope for after the retirement of Ray Lewis. He played admirably in Baltimore for the past three seasons.
Adam Schefter broke the news of Smith’s release this morning.
The 13-year veteran played in all 16 games in each of the past three seasons, recording over 300 tackles including team-highs in 2013 and 2015. In 2013, Smith posted 18 passes defended, breaking Ray Lewis’ franchise record of 13 in 2003.
With fellow linebacker Zachary Orr excelling in coverage in 2015, Smith saw his reps diminish in coverage throughout the season.
While there is little depth currently behind Smith, the Ravens will likely look for another cap casualty as a replacement and to the draft as the youth movement on defense continues.
Writing Was on the Wall for Canty
The organization released Chris Canty following the 2014 season. They opted to bring him back afterwards for his leadership and veteran presence. It wasn’t enough, though, to keep him around for 2016.
The Ravens have told him that they won’t pick up Canty’s 2016 option.
Riddled with injuries since his arrival in Baltimore in 2013, Canty was a valuable asset on a stout and feared Ravens defensive front when healthy.
Despite starting only nine games last season, the 12-year vet anchored a young, raw defensive line that thrived despite allowing their first 100-yard rusher in 29 games.
The move will save the Ravens about $2.15M against the Cap, offset by $525K via the Rule of 51.
By declining Canty's option, Ravens create $2.15M (offset by $525K RO51 replacement). Also preserves chance of Comp pick if signed elsewhere
— Brian McFarland (@RavensSalaryCap) March 3, 2016
The former New York Giant and now former Raven will also be missed for all of his work he performed in the community here in Baltimore. From assisting in providing Thanksgiving and Holiday meals to those in need to his other initiatives, his fondness for giving back was second to none.
All the best to both Daryl and Chris…
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