The Baltimore Ravens needed to improve their defensive backfield and the team did just that, signing former Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson as soon as NFL free agency began on Thursday afternoon.
But with Jefferson headed to town to join Eric Weddle, one current Raven would be the odd man out. That man is safety Lardarius Webb, who the team released on Friday morning.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network was the first to report.
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The 31-year-old converted safety was selected by the Ravens in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Nicholls State (FCS). Webb was featured heavily in the return game, and excelled at cornerback thanks to his top-end speed. In 2012, Webb signed a six-year extension with the Ravens worth $50 million, with $20 million guaranteed.
But four years later, the team switched him to safety, and as the miles have added up on the odometer, Webb has become somewhat expendable. In releasing Webb, the Ravens open up $5.5 million in cap space, which will allow the team to be flexible in signing more free agents or making sure they can ink their top players to new deals.
The 2017 NFL Draft is heavy on defensive backs, which played a large role in the decision to release Webb, as the Ravens continue to get younger and build for the future.
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