Rolle Wants Out of Baltimore


It seems that the hurt feelings around the league extend to perhaps former cornerback, Samari Rolle. The Baltimore Sun caught these comments from him.

“Honestly, I don’t want to play in Baltimore anymore because I feel I’m not wanted,” said Rolle, who has started for the Ravens the past four seasons. “During the past two years, the Ravens have wanted to replace me, and the only man in the building that supported me was Rex [Ryan, the former defensive coordinator].

“I have nothing against the organization, nothing against ownership. I just feel it’s time for me to move on. Never have I challenged this organization, but I think it’s in both our best interest.”

“I have too much respect for the organization to say much about that role,” Rolle said. “If the organization had come to us about a trade, I think we could have found something, but nobody has talked to me. I think as a veteran player, if the Ravens aren’t going to use me, then don’t hold me back. I don’t want to be released at the last moment when all the jobs are taken.

“If I was 23, 24 or 25 again, then the situation would be different. But I’m a veteran, and I have a family. We would like to know if we need to sell our house in Baltimore and where our kids are going to be going to school. My preference is to be released.”

Rolle does have some right to beef.

He never seemingly had the support of the organization during his tenure here and always seems to be the subject of how to upgrade the corner position.

I feel that he was unfairly singled out during the 2008 season when Ed Reed often left him unprotected to free lance in the back of the defense. He’s a solid team player and has battled injuries and a bout with epilepsy. He’s also 10-2 in games in which he’s started for the team.

He is still under contract for two more seasons at about 4.2 million a year. So if the team wants to make a move it may do so soon and give Rolle his release since he turned down their request to have him take a pay cut.

Whatever happens Rolle in my eyes has always been a stand up guy and someone you’d be proud to have wearing your city’s uniform.

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