Ravens' RB Lewis is gone, for now
Updated: February 28, 2007, 11:34 PM ET
Jamal Lewis may not be done with the Ravens so his release wasn't a surprise. After two off seasons, Lewis probably needed to find his value as a free agent to see where he stands. He's 27 and has taken a lot of pounding. Last season he played with a bone spur problem in his ankle that took away some of his explosiveness. There was no way the Ravens were going to pay him $10 million in 2007, so his release saves them $8.333 million on the salary cap. If he can't find a good deal, he can always return to the Ravens. He is leaving on good terms. A total of 14 veterans were released on Wednesday as teams get ready for free agency. The Bengals release of linebacker Brian Simmons was a surprise because he's been such a good leader and role model for the team. He was released because he was scheduled to make a little more than $7.2 million over the final two years. Plus he has been injury prone. With the futures of linebackers David Pollack and Odell Thurman uncertain, it was curious the Bengals would release a linebacker to create an opening at that position. Eric Moulds' release by Houston was a little bit of a surprise. He was a big receiver on the other side of Andre Johnson, but he was getting old. Light 'D': The Bobby Hamilton release by the Jets was a little surprising because the Jets are also expected to release Kimo Von Oelhoffen, leaving them with only a couple of defensive linemen under contract. Shaun Ellis, Dewayne Robertson and Sione Pouha are about all the Jets will have left.
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