Should Ravens cut or keep: Chris Canty

This week, the Baltimore Ravens blog will look at potential salary-cap casualties on the team and give a prediction on what will happen.


2015 salary-cap number: $3.326 million (14th on Ravens)

2015 base salary: $2.66 million

Cap savings if cut: $2.66 million

Why the Ravens should keep Canty: He was significantly better against the run in 2014 than his first season with the Ravens. If the Ravens cut defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, Canty would provide much-needed experience for the defensive line. Without Ngata and Canty, the rest of the Ravens' returning defensive linemen have started a total of 27 games. Canty has been an asset in the locker room with his leadership and championship experience (two Super Bowl rings).

Why the Ravens should cut Canty: He hasn't made the impact on the field that the Ravens envisioned when they signed the New York Giants free agent in 2013. Canty's 63 tackles ranked 12th on the Ravens over the past two seasons, and he played only 31.6 percent of the Ravens' snaps last season when he missed five games. It marked the first time since 2009 that Canty didn't record a full sack. The Ravens can withstand the loss of Canty because defensive line is among the deepest positions on the team. Four players -- Brent Urban (a fourth-round pick from last year), Lawrence Guy, DeAngelo Tyson and Kapron Lewis-Moore -- would battle for Canty's starting spot. Plus, the Ravens can really use that amount of cap space.

Predicted outcome: Canty won't a part of the Ravens in 2015. He'll either get cut by the Ravens or he'll decide to retire. Canty, 32, who has been laying the groundwork for a career in television, acknowledged that he has contemplated calling it quits after 10 seasons. "Ultimately, it's whether I can do it or not at a high level," Canty said after the season. "I don't want to go out on the football field and not be able to play at a high level. When you turn on the tape and you don't recognize yourself, that's a problem, and I never want that to be the case. So healthy enough and I feel like I can do it, then I'll do it. If not, then I'll move on." Even if Canty doesn't retire, the Ravens are expected to cut him because they have younger and cheaper players who can play just as well as Canty. This is a no-brainer.