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Ravens Not Holding Down The Fort

Lombardi's Way Ravens Not Holding Down The Fort

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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.

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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