Monday, February 3, 2014
Much has changed by end of Ravens' reign
By Jamison Hensley
The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl one year ago today -- Feb. 3, 2013, to be exact -- and much has changed with the team over that time.
Only 13 of the Ravens' 22 starters in the Super Bowl are still with the team. Of the 46 players who suited up for the Ravens in New Orleans, only 30 remained with the team by the end of the 2013 season (65 percent).
That number will decrease further this offseason. There are six who are unrestricted free agents (tight end Dennis Pitta, offensive tackle Michael Oher, defensive lineman Arthur Jones, wide receiver Jacoby Jones, cornerback Corey Graham and nose tackle Terrence Cody) and two who could be salary-cap casualties (fullback Vonta Leach and punter Sam Koch).
Let's take a look at the 16 players who are no longer with the Ravens from that Super Bowl team and see where they are now:
Anthony Allen, running back: Signed a future-reserve contract with Buffalo Bills after being out of football last season.
Brendon Ayanbadejo, linebacker: A Fox Sports analyst who made headlines last week by saying teammates smoked marijuana ahead of one of his two Super Bowls.
Billy Bajema, tight end: Tried out for Cincinnati Bengals before their wild card game but was not signed. Bajema played six games for the Ravens in 2013 and was cut in late October after the team activated linebacker Jameel McClain.
Matt Birk, center: Retired from the NFL, lost 75 pounds and currently serves as an NFL appeals officer on player discipline.
Anquan Boldin, wide receiver: Led San Francisco 49ers with 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns after being traded by the Ravens. He will be an unrestricted free agent in March.
Sean Considine, safety: Retired from football and is a partner in a mobile meat business in Illinois.
Dannell Ellerbe, inside linebacker: Finished third on the Miami Dolphins with 101 tackles after signing a five-year, $34.75 million contract as a free agent. He also had one sack and two interceptions.
Paul Kruger, linebacker: Ranked third on the Cleveland Browns with 4.5 sacks after signing a five-year, $40.5 million contract as a free agent. He was ninth in tackles with 47 and forced two fumbles.
Ray Lewis, inside linebacker: Retired from football and is an analyst for ESPN, where he made headlines by questioning the leadership of the Ravens. In 2013, he also became the 16th member to be inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honor.
Ma'ake Kemoeatu, nose tackle: Was out of football in 2013 after starting 13 games for the Super Bowl champions. He was a finalist for the Polynesian Hall of Fame in September.
Bryant McKinnie, offensive tackle: Started 10 games for the Dolphins after the Ravens unloaded him in October for a conditional late-round pick.
Bernard Pollard, safety: Led the Tennessee Titans with 99 tackles after being cut by the Ravens. A free agent in March, he also had three interceptions and 10 passes defensed.
David Reed, wide receiver: Averaged 24.6 yards on kickoffs (11th in NFL) for the Indianapolis Colts before being released in November. Reed signed a future-reserve contract with the 49ers after the season ended.
Ed Reed, safety: A soon-to-be free agent again in March. The 35-year-old future Hall of Fame defender was cut by the Houston Texans after seven ineffective games and finished out the season with the New York Jets. He made 38 tackles and had three interceptions in 2013.
Bobbie Williams, guard: Out of football last season after being cut by the Ravens.
Cary Williams, cornerback: Tied for second on the Philadelphia Eagles with three interceptions after signing a three-year, $17 million contract as a free agent. He finished third with 11 passes defensed.