Ravens release Danny Woodhead, don't pick up option on Austin Howard


The Baltimore Ravens will not pick up the option for right tackle Austin Howard, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Baltimore Ravens have released veteran running back Danny Woodhead. Baltimore never really figured out how to properly use Woodhead, and part of that problem traces back to the hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for most of the first half of the season.

Coming off a torn ACL with the Chargers in 2016, Woodhead signed a three-year deal with the Ravens last offseason. His release frees up $3 million on Baltimore's 2018 salary cap.

"Thanks to the Ravens organization for the a year ago!"

In the last two seasons he has played all 16 games Woodhead had 76 (2013) and 81 receptions (2015), with six receiving touchdowns in each, and he averaged over four catches per game previous year. He didn't return until November 19. He has now played eight or fewer games in three of the last four seasons. However, with the Ravens re-signing offensive lineman James Hurst, there was less of a need for Howard on the roster. For the first time since he was limited to just three games in 2014-15 did Woodhead fail to find the end zone in a season. It's not clear if Hurst or Alex Lewis will take over the starting right tackle role but it should be filled by one of those players.

The Ravens entered this week ranking among the teams with the least amount of cap room.

Per Spotrac, cutting him will save the Ravens $1.8 million.