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Baltimore Ravens: Why the Team Should Move on from Terrence Cody

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COMMENTARY | One of the most disappointing draft picks by the Baltimore Ravens in recent memory came in 2010, when they used a second-round pick on former Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody.

When Cody was selected, expectations were for him to become the team's starting nose tackle while having the success that he had in college.

Through three NFL seasons, the exact opposite has been the case for Cody. While he may not be at the point where he can be labeled a bust, he is surely close to reaching that point.

Entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2013, Cody may not earn one final chance to prove his worth to the Ravens and show that the team should keep him around past this season.

Right now, the writing is on the wall for Cody's departure after this season, but with the Ravens' moves this offseason and his continued struggles, his departure may come sooner than later. It may not even be a surprise if he fails to make the final 53-man roster for the Ravens.

For the Ravens' own good both this year and in the future, the best move would be for them to release Cody prior to the start of the regular season, getting a head start on his inevitable departure after 2013.

During the offseason, the Ravens made it no secret that they wanted to revamp and reload their defensive line, signing veterans Chris Canty and Marcus Spears in free agency and drafting nose tackle Brandon Williams in the third round of the 2012 draft.

Williams figures to be an eventual Cody replacement in the middle of the defensive line, and if the Ravens run more 4-3 looks in 2013 as expected, Cody and his ability to play nose tackle won't be needed.

After three seasons, Cody isn't much better than he was when he entered the NFL, as he has failed to live up to the hype as a gap-clogging run stopper in the middle of the defense. He has been a marginal run defender and has provided no value as a pass rusher.

The fact that he hasn't improved during his first three seasons gives little reason to believe he will be any better in 2013. With plenty of depth and experience along the defensive line, the Ravens would be able to move on from Cody with ease.

To make the case for Cody's departure even easier, he won't even be ready for the start of training camp, according to The Baltimore Sun. His hip injury that required surgery during the offseason figures to keep him out for a good portion of training camp, giving the other defensive linemen such as Williams and Canty a chance to show that they can be just as good or even better than Cody.

When Cody was asked by Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun if he would be ready for the beginning of the regular season, he replied "probably so."

The fact that there is uncertainty about Cody's availability for the regular seasons means it should be even easier for the Ravens to move on from him.

With the proper personnel on the roster to cope with the loss of Cody, it may be best if the Ravens release him sooner than later.

Kyle Casey is a sports writer living in Baltimore, Md. He is the co-host of Ravens Central Radio and is the editor of Cat Crave.

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