CB - FA
The Baltimore Ravens have announced that they will release CB/S Lardarius Webb.
The longtime Raven will be released after the Ravens signed their top target Tony Jefferson yesterday. The 31-year-old Webb finished 2016 with 73 tackles, one interception, and one sack. Webb will have a nice market considering he has better than most coverage skills. Depending on the situation he is in will determine his IDP value.
Cornerback Lardarius Webb left Sunday's game in the second quarter with an apparent thigh injury. Following the loss he was announced as dealing with a hamstring injury going forward.
It's likely the Ravens' secondary will grow increasingly leaky with Webb hobbled. To this point, the starting cornerback had contributed 18 tackles (one for loss) to the defense's efforts and was slated to be this week's punt returner. His injury saw Jeremy Ross step into the punt return position and will likely lead to Kyle Arrington taking more snaps at corner.
Ladarius Webb left practice on Monday with a "hamstring ailment." The team has yet to disclose the specifics of this injury but it adds to the rather lengthy list of health issues -- failed conditioning test, 2014 back injuries, two ACL tears -- that have affected the incumbent starter.
While the Ravens have a talented starting CB in Jimmy Smith, Webb was expected to provide solid play at the very least and help elevate the floor of the Ravens' pass defense. If Webb can't get healthy and stay healthy there will likely be a rotating cast of characters at #2 CB, making Smith the only Baltimore corner relevant in IDP fantasy leagues.
Baltimore Ravens veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list due to him failing his conditioning test. According to the Ravens website, all players have to pass a conditioning test when they report to training camp.
What does this mean for Webb? He agreed to have his contract restructured to stay with the team back in March.This third rounder came on the scene in 2009 as an explosive kick-returner/cornerback. Although he has had two major injuries, he is not the only Ravens player to fail a conditioning test. He received the Ed Block Courage Award earlier this year so he is familiar with fighting back. As long as he is healthy, he will remain a valuable, much-needed player for the Ravens.
Baltimore Ravens have restructured the contract of cornerback Lardarius Webb. He was set to make $8 million as a base salary for 2015. Not unlike Terrell Suggs' contract restructuring where Suggs still make the same money but it was converted into a bonus. Now, Webb will be making $2.5 million less as a base salary, like a pay cut. (Rotoworld)
Webb probably allowed a contract restructuring because he was concerned about his future with the Ravens after the team traded former nose tackle Haloti Ngata. Webb was a top cornerback because of his ability to defend deep passes by attacking receivers and finishing the play. Taking a pay cut and making $6 million as a 29-year old injury-prone cornerback might be his best bet.