OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Ravens have severed ties with fullback Vonta Leach and linebacker Jameel McClain, team general manager Ozzie Newsome confirmed Thursday.
A 10-year NFL veteran and three-time Pro Bowl selection, Leach spent the past three seasons with the Ravens, In his three seasons with the Ravens, he played in all 48 games (36 starts) and served as the lead blocker for running back Ray Rice.
McClain joined the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2008 out of Syracuse.
Seeing action in 87 career games, he recorded 338 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one interception, 10 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble during his tenure with the team. McClain came back to start 10 games in 2013 following a near career-ending spinal cord injury that he suffered in 2012.
“Vonta and Jameel are two of our most important players over the last few seasons, helping us to the playoffs and giving the Ravens the Super Bowl win after the 2012 season,” said Newsome in a statement. “Vonta proved to be one of the best fullbacks in the league, plus he added leadership and toughness to our offense.
"Jameel is a Ravens’ success story who came to us as a rookie free agent. He changed positions from playing on the defensive line and outside to becoming a good inside linebacker and starter. People close to our team understand his commitment to being the best he can be and the leadership he gave on and off the field."
Newsome hitned that one or both players could be brought back under the right circumstances. The moves will save the Ravens close to $5 million in salary cap space, according to multiple media reports.
The Ravens needed the added cap room in order to pursue several key free agents, including tight end Dennis Pitta and offensive tackle Eugene Monroe.