Pollard latest veteran to exit as Ravens part ways with safety

March 13, 2013 | Luke Jones

Pollard latest veteran to exit as Ravens part ways with safety

The Ravens made another difficult move on Wednesday morning in parting ways with veteran strong safety Bernard Pollard.

The 28-year-old defensive back announced via his official Twitter account that he was being let go after two years in Baltimore. Pollard was owed a $500,000 roster bonus later this week and carried a $3.25 million salary cap number for the 2013 season. His release will save $1 million in cap space.

“Well Raven Nation it’s been fun,” Pollard wrote. “My time in Baltimore is done… Thank you!”

Pollard was limited to 13 games last year as he dealt with cracked ribs over the course of the season. He finished with 98 tackles, two sacks, and an interception.

Looking with 20-20 hindsight, Baltimore tipped its hand by re-signing veteran backup James Ihedigbo to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Ihedigbo made three starts in place of Pollard last season.

A key free-agent addition after the NFL lockout ended in 2011, Pollard instantly became a fan favorite with his physical style of play, but the safety also drew criticism for his propensity to draw penalties for illegal hits. That said, his punishing — but legal — blow to Patriots running back Stevan Ridley in the AFC championship game was considered the turning point in the Ravens seizing complete control in their 28-13 win to advance to the Super Bowl.

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  1. Paul from Towson Says:

    What the hell is this team doing??? This move makes zero sense to me, it only saves them $1 million.

  2. John in Westminster Says:

    We must be either signing a big name this season (Welker, Amendola?) or clearing cap for next.

  3. Carl Says:

    Let’s face it, even though we won the Superbowl, our defense was pretty lousy, 6 teams scored more than 30 points on us last season. Sometimes we were able to shut down teams for a half, but rarely for a full game.
    I think the player you want to keep is Reed. I think it could be argued he single handedly won a few games for us on defense. How many defensive players can claim that?

  4. Carl Says:

    one other thing, his style of play just might not be tolerated next year due to the ongoing player safety initiatives

  5. matt Says:

    now things are troublesome. we are down to 2 players who “play like a raven” and thats vonta leech and suggs. you said ihedigbo was a backup plan for reed leaving, so now he’s supposed to play both safety spots?

    in addition this makes NO monetary sense. he was incredibly cheap in the grand scheme. apparently this is a total rebuild year, they REALLY dont want it to be like 2001-2002

    (L.J. – The two players who “play like a Raven” comment is a bit over the top. They’re clearly going to address the safety position via the draft, but I do see a very likely scenario of Ihedigbo being in one of the spots. As for your comment, how much value do you think box safeties with limited pass coverage skills have in this day and age? Without saying too much, Pollard’s new team will be his fourth in eight seasons. He’s a strong-willed personality, but that’s all I’ll say.)

  6. unitastoberry Says:

    I’m with Carl.

  7. matt Says:

    he consistently made huge plays against the patriots. thats the team to beat to get to the superbowl. so i say his limited coverage skills were good enough for this scenario: he was cheap, he was a patriot killer, and there isnt much to expect from the ravens D this year regardless

    ill take your word on him having a personality issue. i only ever heard him talk 99.9% ‘coach speak’ so he never struck me that way

    but playing like a raven to me is playing a bruising, no fear style, and not being intimidated but being the intimidators. im just not seeing that outside of suggs and leech next year, possibly a healthy ngata

  8. joe of bel air Says:

    Luke, I read on Pro Football Talk that Pollard’s release is connected to the player uprising against Harbaugh last Halloween, which Pollard and Ed Reed evidently played an active role. Do you put any creedence into this story. If so does that mean Ed Reed is a former Raven for sure?

    (L.J. – I don’t think his involvement with that is the reason, but it’s an example of a strong-willed personality that doesn’t always sit well. His next team will be his fourth in eight years. It’s not too difficult to conclude there’s something to that. As for Reed, it’s a different situation considering he’s been a lifelong Raven, but I wouldn’t discount him being outspoken as something they’re weighing in addition to his age and potential price tag in the decision to bring him back or not. They’re all variables.)

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