OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After news over the weekend of the Ravens signing veteran safety James Ihedigbo, defensive back Danny Gorrer revealed Monday morning he would be the one to go to make room.
The 26-year-old posted on his Twitter account that he had been waived to make room on the 53-man roster. The move comes as a mild surprise after Gorrer played in 11 games last season, occasionally filling in effectively as the defense’s nickel back and playing regularly on special teams.
He made five tackles and broke up four passes last season after spending time on the Baltimore practice squad in 2010 and being signed to the active roster on Sept. 17, 2011.
The Ravens initially kept seven cornerbacks on Friday when they made final cuts but elected to keep second-year cornerback Chykie Brown despite many assuming Brown was below him on the pecking order. Teams have 24 hours to claim Gorrer or he will become a free agent.
“It’s tough,” safety Bernard Pollard said. “Danny is my boy, but this is the business side of it. Anytime you think things are going well, things can change. We can’t control it. One thing I’ve always been told from when I got in this league is ‘you can control the controllables,’ and that’s one thing that’s out of our hands.”
Appearing thin at safety after Emanuel Cook suffered a season-ending injury and veteran Sean Consideine suffered two concussions, the Ravens signed Ihedigbo after he was released by the New England Patriots on Friday. The 28-year-old started 12 games for New England last season, making 69 tackles and breaking up one pass.
Entering his sixth season after being undrafted out of Massachusetts, Ihedigbo spent four seasons with the New York Jets before signing with the Patriots last season.
“The more the merrier,” said Pollard about Ihedigbo’s signing. “With our team, we’ve got to figure out what we can do to help us win. Our front office has done a great job all these years, so we don’t see them slacking off. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter so we’re not paying them contracts — they are. All we do is we’ve got to stay in line and we’ve got to get ready for this coming Monday.”