O. Brown, Ravens to part ways

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown said he was informed by general manager Ozzie Newsome that he will be released Monday.

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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