The Baltimore Ravens announced the release of defensive end Chris Canty Friday morning.
Canty, 32, spent the past two seasons in Baltimore, starting 24 of 26 games and recording 63 tackles and 2.5 sacks in Baltimore's 3-4 scheme.
“I had a conversation with Chris this morning and thanked him for his contributions both on and off the field,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a press release. “He represents the best of what a Ravens’ player is: committed on the field and a shining leader in the community. We thank him for everything he did for us the last two seasons. I know that Chris still wants to explore playing again, and he’s preparing to do that. We certainly would not close the door to Chris coming back to us.”
Canty started 11 games in 2014, with 33 tackles and just 0.5 sacks. Head coach John Harbaugh said he "stood out internally" as the team dealt with off-the-field issues.
“First thing I want to do is thank Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie and coach 'Harbs' for bringing me to Baltimore and allowing me to wear the purple and black,” Canty said in a statement. “I am very proud to be a Raven. They are a great franchise, and I was privileged to be a contributor to that outstanding tradition of defense that is part of the team’s lore."
The veteran lineman also thanked teammates and Ravens fans, adding that he planned to continue his career.
“I am going to continue to prepare to play again and will explore other possibilities to play the game I love,” Canty said.
- Jeremy Woo