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Former Baltimore Ravens litter the worst contracts list

The trend of Ravens under-performing outside of Baltimore continues post-Ray Lewis

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Two sites recently posted lists of the worst contracts for each NFL team; Sporting News, and 24/7 Sports. Not surprisingly, several former Baltimore Ravens made the cut. For the Ravens, the choice was tight end Dennis Pitta:

Baltimore Ravens - Dennis Pitta, TE

Since Pitta signed his 5 year, $32,000,000 contract in 2014, he's only played in 3 games, including none in 2015. The Ravens have since drafted Crockett Gilmore and Maxx Williams and it would seem Pitta is the odd man out, considering his massive contract with next to zero return.

Eugene Monroe and Lardarius Webb would be the other likely candidates, but at least both have played some games the past 2 years. And they both play more important positions too.

Other former Ravens include Arthur Jones, Ben Grubbs, and Torrey Smith.

Indianapolis Colts - Arthur Jones, DT

Jones has missed 23 games in the last two years, while starting just 3. Those three games earned him $16M and incredibly he still has three years left on his 5 year, $33,000,000 deal. The Colts better hope he produces in 2016 if they decide to keep him on the books.

Kansas City Chiefs - Ben Grubbs, G

Grubbs is owed $6.3M this season, after signing a 2 year, $10,100,000 deal before last season. PFF ranks Grubbs as the 31st best guard in the NFL in 2015, but only appeared in 7 games last season before being lost for the season to injury.

San Francisco 49ers - Torrey Smith, WR

Smith is making $8M a season after signing his 5-year, $40M deal last season. Of that $40M, $8.8 is guaranteed. Granted the 49ers had obvious struggles with the quarterback position in 2015, but in order to justify his payday, Smith has to do better than 33 catches for 663 yards.

Ravens fans would likely welcome back Arthur Jones and Torrey Smith in a heartbeat if the price was right, so hopefully their current teams will let them go some time in the near future. Torrey Smith only represents a savings of $1.3 million in 2016, so the 49ers will likely give him at least one more season to prove his worth (they will save $4.8 million in 2017 by cutting him). Jones also only saves the Colts $2.3 million of his $5.6 million salary by being released, so he likely has at least 2016 to prove himself before 2017 when he represents just over $5 million in cap savings.