The Baltimore Ravens announced on Tuesday that they have waived tight end Chase Ford. This isn’t terribly shocking news, as the franchise was able to workout a cheaper deal with its better tight end not that long ago.
Really, the tight end position is at a logjam in Baltimore. With Ford never actually playing for the team, as he was only with them for three weeks last year but never played a down due to injury, Dennis Pitta and crew seemed like much more logical choices moving forward.
Especially when you consider that Pitta recently had his deal redone and that the Ravens could recover its entire “money owed” to Ford despite cutting him.
Pitta supposedly lowered his base pay to below the $5 million range, yet Ford was tendered as a restricted free agent earlier this year and signed the tender last month, leaving him set to make $1.671 million in 2016.
With Benjamin Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams all fighting for playing time at the same position, likely leaving Ford as the fourth guy on the depth chart as it would have been, saving nearly two million dollars makes all the sense in the world.
Since coming into the league in 2012, Ford has only grabbed 52 catches during his entire run. In fact, he has spent as much time on franchises’ practices teams as he has as an actual every Sunday NFL player. He’s only played in 20 NFL games during that same period of time and recorded only one touchdown during his career.