The Baltimore Ravens broke a lot of hearts Saturday. Fans, players and even coaches mourned the loss of some stellar talent that received visits from the “Turk”. One player that I believe has been wrongly released is safety Omar Brown.
Brown was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He continued to go back and forth between the practice squad, the streets and the active roster in 2012. Baltimore obviously saw something in this safety to keep trying to make room for him.
Even Terrell Suggs knows what kind of star this young man is; during one of the Ravens’ practices, you can hear Suggs yelling “Baby Ed Reed” while cheering for the former “Big Green” alumni during one of his interception returns.
Although Brown was pretty quiet up until the forced fumble in the last preseason game against the St. Louis Rams, he still managed nine solo tackles. Brown continued to shine in practice and was even a dominant factor in the 2012 preseason, where he had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
To see Brown get beat out for a job by Brynden Trawick and Anthony Levine is absolute malarkey. It completely throws the “hard work” staple that John Harbaugh preaches out the window. While Trawick managed to block a punt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his total body of work is not enough to put him in a backup position behind Michael Huff.
Brown was under the tutelage of the greatest safety to ever play the game in Reed, and the Ravens wouldn’t even entertain letting him see the regular season? This is the direct result of favoritism and networking, because the hardest working safety on the roster other than James Ihedigbo is now unemployed.
Omar Brown will thrive wherever he ends up next. Let’s just hope it’s not in the AFC North.