The Ravens chose not to extend tenders to restricted free agents Marlon Brown and Brynden Trawick by Wednesday's deadline, thus making them free agents.
A low-round tender to either player would have cost $1.67 million, a price the Ravens apparently were not willing to pay. It wouldn't be surprising to see Trawick brought back on a cheaper deal, as he has been one of the Ravens top special teams players. But Brown's days as a Raven might be done, which would be a disappointing end to a career that began with much promise but regressed badly over the past two seasons.
Trawick, 26, beat the odds and made the Ravens originally as an undrafted rookie out of Troy in 2013. He has spent three seasons as a reserve safety and key special teams player and led the team with nine special teams tackles this past season.
If he is re-signed, Trawick might have trouble finding any room at safety; Lardarius Webb's move to safety and Matt Elam's expected return from injury, crowds a unit that was already returning starters Will Hill and Kendrick Lewis as well as Terrence Brooks and Anthony Levine.
Brown's career has steadily regressed after bursting onto the scene in 2013 with 49 catches for 524 yards and seven touchdowns as an undrafted rookie out of Georgia.
But Brown never seemed to be on the same page with offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in 2014, when Brown's production dropped dramatically (24-255, 0 TDs). This past season, it dropped further, as Brown had 14 catches for 112 yards. He missed the final six games with a back injury, while other receivers such as Jeremy Butler, Daniel Brown and Chris Matthews essentially passed him on the depth chart.
Brown had a hard enough time getting on the field with the Ravens patchwork group of receivers this past season; add the return of Steve Smith, Michael Campanaro and Breshad Perriman to the mix, and it's easy to see why the Ravens don't have room for Brown.
Brown, who turns 25 next month, has some nice plays on tape from 2013, but that seems like a long time ago.