Ravens release LB Daryl Smith and DE Canty for cap space

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have released linebacker Daryl Smith and cut ties with defensive end Chris Canty, moves designed to create salary cap space.

Smith led the Ravens with 121 tackles last season. He never missed a start in three seasons with Baltimore, surpassing 120 tackles each year.

Smith played nine seasons with Jacksonville before coming to the Ravens. He turns 34 late this month.

General manager Ozzie Newsome says Smith could return to the Ravens.''

Canty joined the Ravens in 2013. The 11-year veteran had 83 tackles in 35 games with Baltimore, but missed significant time with injuries.

Newsome says, ''I called Chris to thank him for what he has done for the Ravens. He has been an impactful player for us on and off the field.''

The moves free up salary cap money for the Ravens when free agency starts next week.

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