Ravens Release Frequent Starter On Offensive Line

The Baltimore Ravens released Tyre Phillips on Wednesday.
The Baltimore Ravens released Tyre Phillips on Wednesday. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Baltimore Ravens released Tyre Phillips on Wednesday rather than bring him back for a third season on the team's offensive line.

A third-round draft pick in 2020, Phillips had been a frequent starter for the Ravens at right tackle and right guard, starting 13 games and playing in 22 during his first two NFL seasons.

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Phillips was a starter on Baltimore's offensive line in each of the last two seasons, but did not remain a starter or play the entire season either time. With the Ravens' offense built around the run game, Phillips was apparently not doing enough to open up holes for their running backs or protect Lamar Jackson, who was often running for his life last year.

Jackson will be a free agent after this year and has yet to sign a contract extension, so the pressure is on Baltimore to make a championship run this season while he's still under contract. As such, John Harbaugh had to be extra ruthless with his roster cuts this year, and he's given Phillips enough of a look to make a qualified decision on him.

Phillips is only 25 and has some quality NFL experience under his belt, so he could still end up on another team before the season starts next week. As for the Ravens, they're currently at +2000 on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds to win the Super Bowl this year.

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