RYAN MINK Ravens Release Hamlin Posted b

RYAN MINK
Ravens Release Hamlin
Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

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The Ravens released veteran safety Ken Hamlin Wednesday to make room for cornerback Cary Williams on the 53-man roster.

It wasn’t an easy decision, as Head Coach John Harbaugh said after practice at around 11:30 a.m. that the Ravens were still weighing their options.

Baltimore had a 4 p.m. deadline as Williams returned from a two-game NFL suspension on Monday.

“We have to do something, but it’s not going to be something we’re going to be happy about doing,” Harbaugh said. “And it will be something that we’ll have to take a view to Sunday on and also a view to the long term on, because we want to hold on to all the good players that we have. Every guy we have right now is a very good player.”

The Ravens signed Hamlin to a reported one-year contract on June 22. He was seen as insurance for safety Ed Reed while Reed recovered from an offseason hip procedure.

Now Reed is making progress with his rehabilitation and Tom Zbikowski has stepped into the starting free safety job without trouble. The Ravens’ secondary, which also includes safeties Haruki Nakamura and Dawan Landry, currently ranks second in the NFL.

Hamlin was active for both of the Ravens’ first two games. He didn’t make any tackles from scrimmage, but notched one on special teams versus Cincinnati.

Before joining the Ravens, Hamlin was released by the Dallas Cowboys in April. He had signed a six-year contract with Dallas following a Pro Bowl season in 2007.

Tags: Ken Hamlin, Roster Moves, Safety, veteran, Waived

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