Brendon Ayanbadejo has never been shy about sharing his opinion, and today, he wants you to make sure that you know he wasn't fired because of that.
Speaking to The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson on Friday morning, Ayanbadejo made it clear that it was factors like his age, production, salary -- really anything but his views -- that lead to his release.
"The Ravens have been backing me, they knew my stance for years and have been facilitating me and organizing me with LGBT and set me up with Equality Maryland. They helped me," said Ayanbadejo. "If they didn't like what I was doing, they would have cut me a long time ago. I'm a special-teams player and you can find somebody to do what I did for less than half that value. They can find someone to do the same job. I was the most productive player on special teams and the only linebacker who played in every single game. I'm not saying I didn't bring any value. What I was saying about my bark is louder than my bite is I was talking more than I was productive and it makes you expendable."
In earlier comments to Newsday, Ayanbadejo said "My bark is louder than my bite. I make a lot of noise and garner a lot of attention for various things off the football field. When that starts happening, why do you have that player around? I don't necessarily think that teams want this type of attention."
He then took to Twitter initially clarify those remarks, expressing no ill-will towards the Ravens:
When you are not producing it is a fair move. You can find cheaper guys to do what I do. Ravens are the BEST organization in the nfl period!— Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310) April 5, 2013
Ayanbadejo, who will be 37 in September, led the Ravens with 14 special teams tackles in 2012, and contributed a sack and a career-high 30 tackles on defense.
He was due a base salary of $940,000 for this upcoming season, as well as a prorated portion of his $400,000 singing bonus.