Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome mentioned on Thursday that there’s still a chance that LB Brendon Ayanbadejo could be brought back at some point this offseason.
“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 in a statement released. “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 again.”
There were reports from a few months back that suggested that Ayanbadejo could end up being a cap casualty, but there wasn’t a lot of buzz surrounding the idea in the past few weeks.
Ayanbadejo, 36, signed a three-year worth $3.21 million last season, but was relegated to playing just 190 snaps for the Ravens last season. He graded out as an above-average linebacker in coverage, but this was obviously a limited sample size.
Baltimore continues the process of overhauling their defense following their recent Super Bowl title.