Trevor Pryce was released by the Ravens today, which might seem odd given that most NFL teams don’t jettison former Pro Bowl players four weeks into the season.
Then again, Pryce hasn’t really done anything this season. In three games, he doesn’t have a tackle. I haven’t played one game this year and I have the same amount of tackles.
Don’t count on this absolutely being the last day of Trevor Pryce’s Ravens career.
He’s no longer a guy who will play 40-50 snaps, but he’s certainly of some value on obvious passing downs, which might make him a 20-snap per-game contributor and a good one at that.
This week, for example, he might not see much time in Pittsburgh where the Steelers will probably be faced with no more than 10-15 “down-and-distance” passing situations with Charlie Batch at quarterback. Hence, for this week specifically, Trevor Pryce might not have much value to the Ravens, particularly given his meager stats so far to date.
And Pryce isn’t a candidate to pack up and go elsewhere if someone else in the league calls him this afternoon and offers him a deal for the remainder of the season. He’s comfortable in Baltimore, his family is here, and the Ravens have probably given him the “don’t go far” speech.
Now, if some team came along with a handful of REAL money for Pryce to finish out the season with them, he might snap it up, but I don’t see that happening unless the Ravens tell him point-blank, “we’re completely finished with you”.
I’m hearing the Ravens told Pryce it’s more about “the numbers” and how his role changes each week given the opponent. So, with that in mind, don’t be shocked if Pryce returns to the team at some point in the near future.