Ravens cut Huff, Spears

Ravens cut Huff, Spears
October 30, 2013, 11:30 am
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Harbaugh on the bye week, preparing for Cleveland

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The Ravens shook up their roster Wednesday, cutting two veterans, safety Michael Huff and Marcus Spears. Two safeties were elevated from the practice squad to take their places on the roster – Omar Brown, and Brynden Trawick.

Cutting Huff and Spears sends a clear message to the locker room that lack of production will not be tolerated, with the Ravens (3-4) below .500 heading into Sunday’s road game at Cleveland. Huff was a major disappointment as an off-season free agent pickup from the Raider. He lost his starting job after Week 1, and played poorly on special teams after being demoted. Instead of keeping Huff to save face, the Ravens sent him packing.

Spears was bothered by nagging injuries this season, but he was another offseason free agent acquisition from the Cowboys. It was thought that Spears would add to the team’s defensive line depth, but rookie Brandon Williams has been a better player, as has Chris Canty, who the Ravens also signed as a free agent. Spears was clearly seen as expendable, and the Ravens also need help on special teams. Both Trawick and Brown can help in that area.

Huff had signed a three-year, $6 million contract, while Spears had signed for two years, $2.75 million, but neither contract was guaranteed for next season.

It will be interesting to see how the locker room responds to Wednesday’s moves. But already this month, the Ravens have parted with veterans Bryant McKinnie, Huff, and Spears.  The Ravens’ front office and coaching staff are making it clear that nobody should be resting on reputation, or experience.