The intimidating veteran lineman was one of the most imposing players in the
league at 6-foot-7 and 365 pounds. He was scheduled to earn $2.75 million next
season, and his impending departure saves the Ravens $900,000 against this
year's salary cap.
Rather than retire, Brown, 35, said he prefers to keep playing and didn't rule out a potential return to Baltimore.
"Ozzie was nice about it, he gave me a hug and he cut me," said Brown, who removed his belongings from the locker room Friday. "I ain't mad. I don't want to retire, but I might be forced to retire. I love football and I still want to play."
Brown signed a five-year $17.5 million contract in 2004 that included a $4 million signing bonus. He was scheduled to make base salaries of $3.46 million in 2007 and $4.3 million in 2008.
Prior to rejoining the Ravens in 2003 after a three-year retirement, Brown received a multi-million dollar confidential settlement from the NFL to settle a lawsuit he filed for an eye injury suffered when a referee's penalty flag struck him in 1999 while playing for the Cleveland Browns. Brown said he would like to be cut immediately, so he can try to look for a job.
"I'm not hurting for money, I love my kids and I know family comes first, but I still love football," Brown said. "I'm caught between two things pulling at me. I don't need the money, but my crazy [butt] still wants to play. I still want to hit someone. Ozzie told me to stay in shape, so we'll see what happens."
In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.
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