The Ravens made a handful of roster moves late Monday afternoon, most notably placing wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas to the reserve list as a voluntary opt-out. He is the first Ravens player to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season.
They also waived four players and placed tight end Jacob Breeland on the active non-football injury list.
Thomas, who signed with the Ravens midway through the 2019 season and then re-signed in mid-March, was on the roster bubble with the addition of rookie James Proche, selected 201st overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. Thomas was the first player on the Ravens’ roster to opt-out due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He will receive a $150,000 advance, and his contract will toll.
Thomas averaged 7.2 yards and 16.6 yards on punt and kick returns, respectively, in eight games with the Ravens. Now, it appears Proche will be the team’s day one punt returner.
The team also added Breeland, an undrafted free agent signee out of Oregon, to the active non-football injury list. Breeland, who caught 26 passes for 405 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, tore his ACL in mid-October. He didn’t work out at the NFL Combine and was expected to compete for the team’s third tight end spot.
Additionally, the Ravens waived guards Evan Adams and Daishawn Dixon, tackle R.J. Prince and kicker Nick Vogel. All except for Prince were undrafted free agents signed by the Ravens this year.
With 16 linemen on what was once nearly a full roster, cutting the unit down to 13 players made the most sense from a pure numbers standpoint.
Baltimore still has one more move to make to get down to 80, as the team’s roster now stands at 81 players.
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