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Ravens Release McAlister

The Baltimore Ravens have announced that they've released cornerback Chris McAlister.

McAlister was chosen by the Ravens in the first round of the 1999 NFL draft. He played 10 seasons for the team and was a starter for the club in the 2000 season, when it won the Super Bowl title. McAlister was selected to three Pro Bowls.

But he played in only six games this past season before ending the season on the injured reserve list.

"First, we want to thank Chris for all he did for the Ravens in the past 10 years," Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said in a written statement released by the team. "He was a major contributor to many big wins, including the Super Bowl. To play the type of defense we have used here, you have to have corners who can cover one-on-one. He was one of the best at that for us. He was physical, and he could run with the best."

The move had been expected as the Ravens focus on trying to re-sign potential free agent linebackers Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Bart Scott.

"All of us who had the opportunity to coach Chris for the first time this season have an appreciation for all the good things he did for this team through the years," Coach John Harbaugh said in a written statement released by the Ravens. "He'll be remembered by us and the fans as one of the best to ever play for the Ravens. He's a tough guy and loves football. He'll play again, and he'll play well."

By Mark Maske  |  February 16, 2009; 6:39 PM ET  | Category:  Ravens Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I wonder if he will just retire, hes had a good 10 years for sure.

Posted by: ozpunk | February 17, 2009 12:33 PM

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