It’s somewhat puzzling that veteran cornerback Domonique Foxworth wasn’t released Friday along with veterans Chris Carr and Lee Evans.
It had been highly publicized for weeks that Foxworth would most likely be on his way out with both Carr and Evans. But for the time being, Foxworth still has a job with the Ravens.
Foxworth, 28, has played in just two games over the past two seasons because of a serious tear to his ACL he suffered on the eve of training camp in 2010 and is due to earn more than $8 million in base salary for the 2012 season.
With younger and cheaper cornerbacks like Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Cary Williams and Danny Gorrer, having established themselves as legitimate performers in 2011, there’s virtually no room for Foxworth on the roster at his current price tag.
So why didn’t the Ravens cut Foxworth along with Carr and Evans?
According to multiple reports, Foxworth will meet with general manager Ozzie Newsome and plans to take a physical in the coming days to see where his knee stands.
If Foxworth is reasonably healthy, the Ravens could be interested in retaining his services, but at a much cheaper price. Foxworth is renowned for his locker room presence, and he could serve as a mentor for a very young cornerbacks group.
However, if the knee still continues to give Foxworth trouble, his days in Baltimore and the NFL could be over.
If Foxworth were to call it a career after seven years in the league, he could take a job in the players’ union, where he is already on the executive council and played a major role in the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations last spring and summer.