Ravens say 'Vaya can Dios' to Ayanbedejo in salary move
This was actually Ayanbedejo's second tour of duty with the Ravens. He made their practice squad briefly in 2001, between stints with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts and the NFL Europe Amersterdam Admirals (remember them?). All that second-rate international football paid off for Ayanbedejo, who ended up making the Pro Bowl three times as a special teamer -- twice as a Chicago Bear (2006 and 2007), and once as a Raven (2008).
But he's a Raven nevermore, and Brendon Ayanbedejo was released by the Ravens Wednesday afternoon according to sources at ProFootballTalk.com. The Ravens have not yet acknowledged the move, but the release has been confirmed by NFL.com.
The release has also been confirmed by Brendon Ayanbedejo himself. "I would like to thank the city of Baltimore and the Ravens organization for an amazing ride," Ayanbedejo tweeted earlier today. "We will forever be united as champions!"
If Ayanbedejo is to be forever united with Baltimore, though, it would have to be as a broadcaster. He will be 37 when the 2013 NFL season opens, with thirteen seasons worth of pro football wear on his body. His release saves the Ravens $800,000, which is about nine cents in NFL salary cap dollars. But the Ravens felt even that was too much for a guy who's back to playing just special teams.
Ayanbedejo has recently been better known for his activities off the field. His entertaining Twitter insults of the New England Patriots spiced up the 2013 NFL Playoffs, and last week he gave a marriage equality stump speech on the Supreme Court steps while the court considered a gay marriage case.