Ravens to release Danny Woodhead

Ravens to release Danny Woodhead

Baltimore has decided not to pick up the contract option for Austin Howard, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, meaning he will hit the free-agent market when the new league year opens Wednesday afternoon. He also reports the Ravens have released running back Danny Woodhead for cap reasons.

Woodhead played in only eight games in 2017 due to injury. Woodhead missed half the season with a hamstring injury and accounted for 256 yards of offense with no touchdowns.

Baltimore created $1.8 million by parting ways with Woodhead. For the first time since he was limited to just three games in 2014-15 did Woodhead fail to find the end zone in a season. Baltimore signed Woodhead to a three-year, $8.8 million deal, reportedly beating out the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers for him.

Between those two seasons, Woodhead averaged 383 rushing yards and 2.5 rushing touchdowns to go along with 78 receptions for 680 yards and six scores. He didn't return until November 19.

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The Ravens have the options of moving Hurst or projected starting left guard Alex Lewis to right tackle although coach John Harbaugh has said in the past that they'd prefer leaving Lewis at guard.

Now, Howard is gone and it wouldn't be surprising if Jensen leaves as well. Howard did an admirable job replacing Rick Wagner, but he ultimately proved to be a one-year stop gap at right tackle. Two of those seasons were severely shortened by injury, as he started just four of the 37 games in which he appeared in with the AFC West franchise.

The Ravens entered this week ranking among the teams with the least amount of cap room.

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