QBs St. Pierre, Olson among Ravens' cuts

Updated: September 2, 2006, 10:22 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Quarterbacks Brian St. Pierre and Drew Olson were among 21 players cut Saturday by the Baltimore Ravens, who also placed guard Brian Rimpf on injured reserve, ending his season.

The moves brought the Ravens to the mandated 53-man limit, although the team is certain to shuffle the roster before opening the season Sept. 10 at Tampa Bay. By cutting St. Pierre and Olson, Baltimore has only two quarterbacks: starter Steve McNair and backup Kyle Boller.

St. Pierre, who served as the No. 3 quarterback last year, could be re-signed if he clears waivers. Olson, an undrafted quarterback out of UCLA, saw limited action during the preseason.

Rimpf missed much of training camp with an injured hamstring, and the Ravens decided against waiting for the injury to heal.

Also on Saturday, Baltimore traded linebacker Ryan LaCasse to the Indianapolis Colts for an undisclosed draft pick. LaCasse was drafted in the seventh round out of Syracuse.

Veteran punter Leo Araguz and placekicker Aaron Elling were also cut, leaving rookie Sam Koch to handle both the punting and kickoff duties. Koch, a sixth-round draft pick from Nebraska, averaged 45.1 yards on 16 punts during the preseason.

Araguz averaged 37.7 yards per punt.

"I thought I did really well," Koch said. "I felt optimistic the whole time."

In the preseason finale against the Washington Redskins, Koch averaged 52.2 yards on four punts. Araguz averaged 34 yards on three kicks.

Baltimore also kept rookie running backs P.J. Daniels and Cory Ross. Daniels, a fourth-round draft pick from Georgia Tech who received a signing bonus in excess of $310,000, got off to a slow start by fumbling twice in the preseason opener against the New York Giants. But he showed progress later, and is under a three-year contract.

Among the veterans cut Saturday: defensive end Roderick Green, Baltimore's fifth-round pick in 2004; linebacker Tim Johnson; guard Thatcher Szalay; and defensive back Jamaine Winborne.

In addition to Olson, rookies and first-year players cut were: tight ends Rob Abiamiri and Bobby Blizzard; defensive tackles Remi Ayodele and Nick Leaders; wide receivers Romby Bryant and Travis LaTendresse; defensive backs Robb Butler and Duvol Thompson; linebackers Jim Cottrell, and Dennis Haley; and offensive linemen Rob Droege and Michael Kracalik.


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