The Baltimore Ravens have continued to make roster moves today, they signed Anthony Levin Sr. to a three-year contract. The Ravens have also cut veteran safety Lardarius Webb but are open to his return. Cutting Webb makes a lot of sense since it saves the Ravens $5.5 million in salary cap money.
Levin is a special teams ace and a very versatile defensive player. Levin has played corner, safety, and inside linebacker for the Ravens. The Ravens wanted to keep Levin for his special teams skills.
If the Ravens bring back Webb he will be a backup at a much cheaper deal. Webb can still but at 31 years old I do not think he is a long term starter. Webb has been injury prone in the past and a Webb that is fresh and not playing most snaps can still be effective. Webb is undersized and has relied on his skill and speed to get the job done.
Here is the Ravens press release on Levin.
RAVENS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DB/LB ANTHONY LEVINE SR.
The Baltimore Ravens have agreed in principle to a three-year contract with DB/LB Anthony Levine Sr., general manager/executive vice president Ozzie Newsome announced Friday.
Entering his sixth NFL season, Levine Sr. has emerged into one of the league’s top special teams contributors and become a versatile defender with the ability to play cornerback, safety and linebacker. The 5-11, 200-pounder has seen action in 66 career games (all with the Ravens), producing 28 special teams tackles, 31 tackles from scrimmage and four passes defensed.
Levine Sr. originally joined Baltimore’s practice squad during the 2012 campaign. He has played in 64-consecutive games, producing the Ravens’ third-longest active streak (P Sam Koch – 176 and K Justin Tucker – 80).
In The Dallas Morning News’ annual special teams report compiled by senior NFL writer Rick Gosselin, Baltimore has ranked in the NFL’s Top 5 for five-straight seasons. (Gosselin’s report is recognized by NFL teams as a special teams measuring stick.) Thanks in part to the play and leadership of Levine Sr., no other NFL team has been in the Top 5 in each of the past five seasons.