Baltimore Ravens sign Josh Woodrum back to the Practice Squad and restructure Brandon Williams contract
The Baltimore Ravens have cut tight end Ryan Malleck and resigned quarterback Josh Woodrum, the heralded preseason quarterback for the Ravens.
The Baltimore Ravens were hoping Josh Woodrum was not going to get claimed after cutting him before the 53 man roster deadline. With signing Woodrum, they had to cut an already existing member of the practice squad, which happens to be tight end Ryan Malleck, the 1 year former undrafted rookie from Virginia Tech in 2016. The Cleveland Browns claimed Woodrum at first so the Ravens could not add him to the practice squad like they hoped. But the Browns waived him from the practice squad on 9/7 and now the Ravens sign him back to the practice squad on 9/12 and should be a good young quarterback to have to elevate to the roster if Flacco gets hurt and Mallett plays really poorly like he did in the preseason. In the preseason, the quarterback from Liberty impressed as he went for 25/36 with a 69.4 completion percentage. Woodrum had 321 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns (also 2 rushing touchdowns). Since the Ravens normally keep only 2 quarterbacks and gave Ryan Mallett an extension in the offseason, they weren’t going to keep Woodrum on the roster but wanted him for the practice squad instead. Now the Ravens have a young quarterback they could develop with promise as some nice depth heading into Week 2.
The Baltimore Ravens restructured defensive tackle Brandon Williams contract, creating $2.18 M in cap space.
After the star nose/defensive tackle had a monster game against the Bengals in Week 1, the Ravens convert $2.725M of his $3.5M base salary into a bonus after signing a big contract in the offseason. The big contract was a 5-year, $52.5 million contract and the run defense showed this past Sunday. The Ravens could use this freed up cap room to make an acquisition in the offensive line again or maybe at running back with the Danny Woodhead injury. So far, they are waiting on his MRIs as he had a hamstring injury that could potentially make him miss a couple weeks. The Ravens could elevate Jeremy Langford or Alex Collins instead of adding another running back so as of now, it is a mystery on where they will use this extra cap room for. Langford was the Chicago Bears starting running back last year before Jordan Howard and Alex Collins had a few plays with the Seattle Seahawks last year in limited carries.Follow @kookykim1357