L.J. Fort is Moving On
When the news arrived that L.J. Fort would be leaving the Ravens, it came as a bit of a surprise. I thought that it was a foregone conclusion that dependable reserve would return to finish what most believed to be the final year of his contract with the team – one that was scheduled to pay him $2.25M in 2021. Apparently, unbeknownst to most, the final year of Fort’s deal was a team option, an option that the Ravens chose to pass on.
If Twitter is any indication, the move didn’t surprise only the fans and media, but the player as well.
— L.J. Fort (@i_Serve24) March 17, 2021
So the 9-year, 31-year-old vet moves on as a free agent. Fort has played for 8 NFL teams.
On one hand the move is puzzling. It creates only $1.59M in cap space ($2.25M minus the Rule of 51 offset of $660K). To find a quality replacement in the open market for Fort would likely offset most of the cap savings. Perhaps the team determined that it’s next man up – or men. It is expected that second-year player Malik Harrison will see more snaps at ILB and the recently re-signed Chris Board will assume more reserve playing time. As for the special teams snaps formerly handled by Fort, Otaro Alaka, who is scheduled to make $678K in 2021, could get the call.
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