Sunday, August 25, 2013
Shiancoe was no longer a fit for Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
The Baltimore Ravens announced they cut veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe on Sunday, which doesn't come as a surprise. It was inevitable because he was the odd-man out among the Ravens' tight ends.
After the third preseason game, it was apparent that the Ravens' top two tight ends were Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark and their best blocking tight end was Billy Bajema. The Ravens originally contacted Shiancoe when they were looking for experienced depth behind Dickson and Dennis Pitta. After Pitta went down with a dislocated hip, the Ravens signed Shiancoe on July 28 but he wasn't considered the replacement for Pitta. Clark, who was signed on Aug. 11, was the tight end earmarked for the No. 2 tight end spot. The release of Shiancoe could indicate that the Ravens are confident that Dickson (hamstring) will be available for the season opener.
Shiancoe, 33, hasn't caught a pass since the end of the 2011 season and this could mark the end of his 10-year NFL career. He didn't look like he had much left in the preseason, catching five passes for 48 yards in three games.
The Ravens released 11 more players as the team must get down to 75 players by Tuesday: running back Damien Berry, wide receiver Rashaad Carter, offensive lineman Jack Cornell, inside linebacker Bryan Hall, offensive lineman Ramon Harewood, cornerback Moe Lee, offensive tackle David Mims, defensive end Will Pericak, wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard, wide receiver Tommy Streeter and outside linebacker Meshak Williams. Harewood (2010 sixth round) and Streeter (2012 sixth round) were former draft picks.
Baltimore also placed outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton (wrist) on injured reserve. The Ravens signed rookie quarterback Dayne Crist, just three days after backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor was checked for a possible concussion. Third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie could receive most of the playing time in Thursday's preseason finale, and the Ravens may need Crist as an emergency reserve.