Some players who were happy the NFL lockout has ended are getting a rude awakening. Reports surfaced the day the lockout finally ended that the Baltimore Ravens are making some wholesale roster cuts and fantasy football owners need to be aware of some big names headed out the door.
Running back Willis McGahee is the first name to hit the chopping block. The veteran NFL running back, that lost his job recently to Ray Rice, has been informed he will be cut according to ESPN. Baltimore was scheduled to pay the back $6 million in 2011.
It shouldn’t take long for someone to pick him up though.
Two other starting Baltimore Ravens offensive players will also see their way out the door. According to the National Football Post, both tight end Todd Heap and wide receiver Derrick Mason will also be cut from the roster. With those two players joining McGahee, much of the veteran NFL presence will no longer be working with the offense of the Ravens.
Another player who will get cut is nose tackle Kelly Gregg. However, the former Oklahoma Sooner will possibly make his way back to the Baltimore Ravens at a reduced pay rate.
Fantasy football players need to keep their eye on specific dates leading up to fantasy football drafts.
July 26 – At 10 a.m. ET, Trading begins for 2011 League Year.
July 29 – At 6 p.m. ET, clubs may sign, or extend offer sheets to, all eligible players, in addition to drafted and undrafted rookies. Clubs may have such players report to the club’s facilities for physical examinations prior to signing. Eligible players may visit or try out at any club facility.
Aug. 4 – All clubs must be within the salary cap at 4:01 p.m. ET
Aug. 13-17 – Each club has until five days prior to its second preseason game to provide any tendered but unsigned exclusive rights player or restricted free agent with written notice of the club’s intent to place the player on the exempt list if the player fails to report at least the day before the club’s second preseason game.
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