Ravens Not To Pick Up Option For RT Howard, Release RB Woodhead

Ravens Not To Pick Up Option For RT Howard, Release RB Woodhead

He also reports the Ravens have released running back Danny Woodhead for cap reasons.

Baltimore has decided not to pick up the contract option for Austin Howard, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, meaning he will hit the free-agent market when the new league year opens Wednesday afternoon. Known primarily for his work out of the backfield as a receiver, Woodhead caught 33 passes for 200 yards last season. But every bit counts, and at 33 years old with a significant recent injury history Baltimore sees it can't really count on Woodhead going forward. Woodhead's release saves the team $1.8 million.

Alex Collins emerged as a quality back for the Ravens last season, and with Woodhead out of the fold, Collins is now set to carry the load in 2018 with support from Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon. He didn't return until November 19. However, with the Ravens re-signing offensive lineman James Hurst, there was less of a need for Howard on the roster.

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With Woodhead gone, it opens up more chances for Kenneth Dixon, who missed all of a year ago with knee injury along with two suspensions. Baltimore is expected to fill the right tackle spot with either Hurst, Alex Lewis or a draft pick. The running back has played in just 10 games in two seasons due to numerous injuries.

Woodhead was only set to make a little over $2.5 million this year, and the Ravens will only clear $1.8 million in salary cap space by cutting him.

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