In order to clear cap space to sign first round draft pick Ronnie Stanley, the Baltimore Ravens have waived WR Marlon Brown, DB Nick Perry, CB Jermaine Whitehead, and LB Nordly Capi.
Brown is entering his 4th year in the NFL, but has seen a steady decline since year one, where he caught 7 touchdowns. He has not scored since. He was a highly recruited athlete out of high school, but injured his knee at the University of Georgia and his career has not gotten back in full gear since then. Big and rangy, he very well might catch on somewhere else where folks are familiar with him--like Detroit. Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell coached him, as offensive coordinator for Baltimore, during the 2013 campaign where he was so successful.
Perry is an Alabama product who made the practice squad for part of the season last year after spending training camp with the Ravens. He is going into his second season. One could surmise that Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome initially brought him in to give him a chance to make a difference in the preseason, since he is a fellow Crimson Tide alumnus.
Nordly Capi is an interesting story. He was an UDFA out of Akron, coming into the league last season; he actually had transferred there from Colorado State. He left because of an off-field brawl that he was involved in. He dominated at Akron, was clearly a next-level pass rusher. He signed with Jacksonville initially, and had three sacks in the preseason, including two against Pittsburgh and one in the all-out, play-for-your-livelihood final game of the preseason. His film has him appearing mean and with an attitude on the gridiron. His departure says a lot about what the Ravens leaders see in the pass rush; perhaps he will have another chance with the team, because his upside seems certain.
CB Jermaine Whitehead was a member of the 49ers' practice squad and was signed onto the Ravens' main roster last season, but did not see any playing time.
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