Ayanbadejo has played 10 seasons in the NFL, the last five with Baltimore. He started four games at linebacker for the Ravens, but his main contribution was on special teams.
Just hours before the announcement, Ayanbadejo and other LGBT sports leaders met with the NFL to discuss gay issues in the league, reportedOutsports.com.
Following the announcement,Ayanbadejo tweeted, “I would like to thank the city of Baltimore and the Ravens organization for an amazing ride. We will forever be united as champions!”
The move saves the Ravens about $800,000 under the cap and continues an offseason of change in Baltimore. Ayanbadejo didn’t play a major role on defense as much of his work came on special teams, but it’s another veteran that will be moving down the road shortly after the team’s triumph in New Orleans, according to NBC Sports.