Anderson Placed on Reserve-Retire List

The Ravens placed starting right offensive tackle Willie Anderson on the reserve-retired list Wednesday afternoon, perhaps signaling the four-time Pro Bowler’s intention to step away from football.

The team announced the move late Wednesday, e-mailing a brief one-sentence statement to various media outlets.

As recently as March, Anderson told The Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston that he had not considered retirement, saying, “I might be a 14-year guy, but I’ve never thought about retiring. As long as I can bend my knees, move my feet, don’t get my quarterback killed and don’t embarrass myself, I’m going to play, and I want to show people I’m still an elite tackle. They haven’t seen the real me play yet.”

Anderson’s cell phone was not accepting calls, and general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh were unavailable for comment, according to a Ravens spokesman.

This move frees up money for a potential move for a receiver as well as clears a path for first round pick Michael Oher to become the starting Right Tackle.

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