We are gathering more information about the unusual decision of Baltimore Ravens to give up many players after their loss to Bills at the end of the season.
As explained earlier, any player who has applied for resignation will no longer officially join his new team until after the Super Bowl. However, if the player goes through the refusal, unclaimed, he immediately becomes a free agent.
That provision allowed Tramon Williams, who was denied earlier this week by the Ravens and unclaimed, to sign with the Packers. If he will also allow Mark Ingram to return to sign with one of the other teams, now that he has cleared the waiver.
A team could claim to give up Ingram, just to protect it from bills, for example. This happened in 2002, when Washington dropped Deion Sanders from the reserve / retired list to sign with the Raiders for the Super Bowl run. Chargers is demanding the resignation of Sanders, a revenge move by former Washington coach Marty Schottenheimer, whose hiring in Washington eventually led Sanders to retire.
This is the kind of move that would probably be met with disappointment by Ingram, who probably wants to continue his first NFL championship. This can also turn down other players on the team that does it.
As for the crows, they gave up these players for the opposite reason. By giving players a chance to land with another team after Baltimore’s exit from the postseason, instead of squatting on them until the Super Bowl, the Ravens have scored points with other players who may be considering joining the Ravens in the future.
As for Ingram, since he allowed the refusal, he can now be signed by one of the other teams.