Ravens defensive end Chris Canty isn’t ready to retire at age 33, despite seeing his former University of Virginia teammate, Heath Miller, announce his retirement last week. Miller and Canty both entered the NFL in 2005, and Miller called it quits last week after 11 seasons as a Steelers’ tight end.http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/blog/ravens-talk/long-time-steelers-stalwart-announces-his-retirement
Canty is under contract for next season with the Ravens, and whether he stays in Baltimore, or goes elsewhere as a salary cap casualty, Canty plans to play. Appearing Monday on Pro Football Talk Live, Canty did not say how many more years he planned to play.
“I’ve been taking it year to year for the past four seasons,” Canty said on PFT Live. “Just as long as I can continue to go out there and play at a high level, I’m going to definitely be out there, because it’s a privilege, it’s an honor to be a part of the National Football League, it’s rich tradition and history. I don’t take that for granted. It’s going to be a situation where they’re probably going to have to roll me out of the NFL. I enjoy being in Baltimore. It’s a good situation. They love vets down there. So I’m just looking forward to next season.”
The Ravens released Canty after the 2014 season before re-signing him to a more cap-friendly deal. Whether to keep Canty or not is one of many decisions the Ravens must make in the coming weeks.http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/blog/ravens-talk/five-ravens-danger-being-salary-cap-casulties
Last season was Canty’s first experience playing for a losing team. Of all the injuries the Ravens suffered last season, Canty said losing linebacker Terrell Suggs in Week 1 was the toughest blow.
“He was our emotional leader, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Canty said of Suggs. “When we lost that, we lost a little bit of our swagger. Things just started to snowball and roll downhill. We just couldn’t find a way to stop it. He would be the guy if we were in situations like that in the past to step in and make the play, or make the speech that was necessary to get us back on the right track.”
Canty plans to help the Ravens get back on the right track next season. We’ll see if the Ravens give him that opportunity.