From Ravens Insider:
The Ravens surprisingly cut defensive end Trevor Pryce and re-signed safety Ken Hamlin.
Pryce, 35, who led the Ravens with 6 1/2 sacks last season, took a $2.5 million paycut this offseason to remain with the team. He had started 42 games for the Ravens before being replaced in the starting lineup in the middle of last season.
The move was unexpected at this time because defensive end Cory Redding is questionable for Sunday’s game with a concussion. But when Redding was knocked out of the game Sunday, the Ravens replaced him with Brandon McKinney and not Pryce.
Let me be the first to say – Huh?
I don’t get this move at all so I’m waiting for the explanation.
The Ravens decided to go shorthanded last week with down lineman and instead loaded up on linebackers and Defensive Backs. They paid the price for that decision when Peyton Hillis announced his presence with authority and the line was overmatched against some very good blocking. Add Corey Redding’s concussion into the mix and they are further handcuffed by their personnel choices. In fact Redding’s status for Sunday is unclear.
So why cut Pryce now? He’s a player that led the team in sacks a year ago even in limited duty. Even at 35, he still is disruptive and I swear gets held on almost every snap he plays. Or is this move meant to clear the way for Paul Kruger? Kruger has yet to be active this season. He’s had some shoulder issues but even if healthy he’s still been in the same position as last year – on the border of finding a game day spot.
I’m even more confused by Hamlin’s re-signing. He obviously wasn’t happy being relegated to second team and Special teams status. The secondary appears crowded at this point and Ed Reed is scheduled to return in a few weeks. Might there be something we don’t know about Reed? Maybe, but that still doesn’t explain to me why Hamlin is back.