Why Didn't Baltimore Ravens Just Release Brandon Stokley?

By Jermaine Lockett
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens have decided to put Brandon Stokley on injured reserve. While he had a concussion, the reasoning behind it is simple. This IR designation is a formality that serves two purposes. The first is to help Stokley save face.  The second was that the receiving corps is producing just fine without him, and releasing Stokley would give another team a chance to scoop him up and potentially hurt Baltimore. This move was well thought out by the front office.

Stokley was brought in to fill the void left by Anquan Boldin’s departure to the west and the injury to Dennis Pitta. However, that plan really never panned out as the 37-year old has been plagued by injuries and was slightly outperformed by the younger receivers on the roster.

I know the city of Baltimore is completely in love with the veteran because the Ravens drafted him, but since bringing him back into the fold, the old man has only brought in 13 catches over the last six games.  That was not the kind of production Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh envisioned upon bringing in the slot specialist.

Now that Jacoby Jones is returning to form and Pitta is back, there is really no need to carry Stokley on the active roster. Throwing him out in the cold again would leave a bad taste in the former Super Bowl Champion’s mouth. With that said, the designation is appropriate. Now the Ravens don’t have to worry about Stokley getting healthy and causing them damage from another team. It appears that with the IR tag, Stokley’s career is as good as over.

Jermaine Lockett is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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