Harbaugh said letting go Pollard was a cap move

Harbaugh said letting go Pollard was a cap move
March 19, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Coach John Harbaugh talked to the media at the owners meetings in Phoenix and a few different places said that he described letting go Bernard Pollard as just a cap move.

The Baltimore Sun and the team's web site both mentioned the same thing. There's been a lot of speculation since the team released Pollard as to why the somewhat surprising move took place. 

The Sun reported that Harbaugh said this was "a cap move, pure and simple," and said it opened up $1 million of cap space. Since that's not a huge amount under the cap, people were speculating about other things. 

But the paper said that Harbaugh told the media he was "very close with the hard-hitting and tough-talking safety and pointed out that he was on the team's leadership council that the coach met with regularly."

The team's web site reported Harbaugh saying that Pollard had lots of "input on what we did and how we did it." The coach said he didn't like having to make the move, but the cap forced them.

There had been plenty of rumors and speculation that Pollard and Harbaugh clashed in different ways, but the coach seemed to want to put that idea to rest, making a number of comments to show his respect for Pollard, who played a big role in helping the Ravens win the Super Bowl this year.