The release of both players is expected to free up $4.9 million in salary cap space for 2017. It has been no secret that the Ravens will have one of the toughest offseasons this year, due to the fifth smallest salary cap in the NFL and a high number of players set to hit free agency later this week.
Some of these players, like Brandon Williams and Rick Wagner, are likely to draw major attention from other teams. The Ravens will need all the cap space they can get in order to compete with these outside offers as well as sign free agents of their own.
The release of Lewis is not very surprising considering he only played in six games during the 2016 season and tallied just six tackles. Lewis was more prominent in the 2015 defense, where he played in 15 games.
Wright’s release is more surprising and comes exactly one year after he signed a three year contract extension. In 2016 he was expected to play alongside Jimmy Smith as the #2 cornerback but only started in 12 games. His performance dipped as well. Wright seemed like completely different player at times, missing tackles and being out of place in coverage.
This down year was a disappointment but the lack of depth at the cornerback position is also a major concern for the Ravens. By releasing Wright, Ozzie Newsome and company could be digging themselves into a bigger hole as they now have to find a proper replacement at a better price.