Ravens officially decline Brandon Carr’s team option, making him a free agent

Andrew Gillis
NBC Sports Washington

According to the NFL's official press release, Brandon Carr is an unrestricted free agent - meaning the Ravens have declined his team option for the 2020 season. 

The versatile defensive back played a multitude of roles last season for the Ravens and saw time at both safety and cornerback. 

The Ravens saved $6 million against the cap by declining his team option. His contract carried a cap hit of $7 million and a dead cap hit of $1 million. With the acquisitions of Calais Campbell, Michael Brockers, in addition to the franchise tag being placed on Matthew Judon, the Ravens needed to save money any way they could. 

Baltimore will not receive a compensatory pick for Carr, no matter how much he signs for elsewhere. 

Carr hasn't missed a game in his NFL career and recorded 150 tackles and six interceptions in his three years as a Raven. Carr made previous stops in Kansas City and Dallas as well. 

The Ravens simply didn't have space for him, as Carr would've been the team's third safety or a depth cornerback. But that doesn't diminish his impact on the organization, as Carr was on the field for a majority of the defensive snaps throughout the season.

Carr wasn't the only player to reach free agency, though, as the Ravens free agents are, according to a release from the NFL: linebackers Josh Bynes, Pernell McPhee and Patrick Onwuasor, defensive linemen Justin Ellis, Domata Peko Sr., Michael Pierce and Jihad Ward, defensive backs Anthony Levine, Jimmy Smith and Brynden Trawick, offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu and wide receivers Chris Moore and Seth Roberts.

Additionally, the Ravens did not tender offensive linemen Parker Ehinger and Randin Crecelius and defensive back Fish Smithson's contracts, making all three free agents as well. 

While all names have to be listed, some signings are not yet official. Ward and Ellis have both reportedly re-signed in Baltimore and Roberts signed a deal with the Panthers early Wednesday.

As the offseason slowly begins to take shape, the Ravens roster is beginning to do the same.

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