Rolleing out of Baltimore

What has been expected for quite some time will become official today at 4 p.m.

Samari Rolle will have his contract terminated by the Ravens.


General manager Ozzie Newsome kicked off today’s Pre-Draft Media Luncheon by making the announcement that the team and the 33-year-old cornerback will part ways, ending Rolle’s five-year stint with the Ravens after seven years in Tennessee.

Rolle battled multiple serious injury issues the last few years, including epilepsy and a neck injury which caused him to miss the entire 2009 season.

“We got a chance to appreciate his talent and abilities as a football player, but also as a person,” Newsome said. “He and [his wife] Danisha, they became great Ravens. I’m just glad to be able to say I had the opportunity to know Samari.”

Rolle signed with the Ravens in 2005, and started every game his first two seasons in Baltimore before the injuries slowed him down.

He made a Pro Bowl with the Titans in 2000 and currently has 31 interceptions.

“The way he carried himself, the way he handled adversity, the way he fought through the medical issues, the injuries, the way he played at the end of the season in the playoff run...I think that speaks to him,” head coach John Harbaugh said.

“Just a true class individual, and it was an honor to work with him for two years.”

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