Owings Mills, MD (Sports Network) - The Baltimore Ravens released linebacker
and special teams player Brendon Ayanbadejo, general manager Ozzie
Newsome announced on Thursday.
Ayanbadejo, 36, had 43 total tackles, with a career-high 30 from scrimmage,
one sack and one pass defensed in 16 games last season.
"As a team, we place a high value on special teams, and Brendon was one of our
top performers in that area for the last five seasons," said Newsome. "He was
one of the best special teamers in the league, but he was also a valued member
of our defense, especially in our sub (substitute) packages. He became a
leader for us, and the door may not be closed to bring him back to help us
Over 62 games with Baltimore, Ayanbadejo recorded 83 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks,
four passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble.
"Brendon was the first player we signed when we arrived in 2008, and he went
to the Pro Bowl again that season," said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. "We
considered him one of the foundations of our team, and he gave me sound
counsel as one of our team leaders. He was a tremendous contributor to our
success, both on [special] teams and for our defense over the last five
seasons, including our Super Bowl two months ago. And, he was a pleasure to
have on our team. We'll stay in contact, I hope, but I'll miss our regular
A three-time special teams Pro Bowler from 2006-08, Ayanbadejo has also played
for Miami (2003-04) and Chicago (2005-07).
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