The Baltimore Ravens have made a few changes ahead of free agency in 2022, which begins in less than a week. On Wednesday, they dismissed cornerback Tavon Young and elected not to tender cornerback Chris Westry. Additionally, a Baltimore player chose his NFL future on Wednesday.
Alejandro Villanueva, the Ravens’ offensive lineman, was considered a possible cap casualty but has elected to retire from the NFL after a seven-year career. Villanueva spent his first six professional seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining Baltimore in the offseason of 2021.
After starting every game for the Ravens in 2021, OT Alejandro Villanueva has decided to retire after a seven-year NFL career.https://t.co/Pq2txd0aev
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 9, 2022
Young’s release and Villanueva’s retirement will save the Ravens around $11.8 million in cap space.
By releasing CB Tavon Young, the Ravens will save $5.8 million in cap space.
OT Alejandro Villanueva's retirement should clear another $6 million.
Total savings in 2022: $11.8 million
— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) March 9, 2022
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In 2021, Villanueva began every game for Baltimore, whether at left or right tackle. He was supposed to go to the right side, but with Ronnie Stanley requiring another season-ending ankle surgery, he spent most of the year at left tackle. He was frequently ineffective and hung up his cleats to explore other changes.