|Ravens cut veteran C Flynn, member of Super Bowl team|
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|Thursday, 28 February 2008 11:45|
His release will save the Ravens $2 million against the league's $116 million salary cap. The 33-year-old Flynn was entering the final year of his contract.
``It's a tough blow,'' said Mike Flynn Sr., the player's father. ``It's kind of a shocker. He wasn't expecting it, but it was a great run for him. He had a good time in Baltimore, and so did his family.''
After starting 14 games at right guard during the Ravens' Super Bowl run in 2000-01, Flynn moved to center full-time the following season and replaced Jeff Mitchell.
``There are sad, tough days in this business, and this is one of those,'' general manager Ozzie Newsome said. ``Mike Flynn represents everything good about the Ravens.''
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Maine in 1997, Flynn developed into a mainstay on the offensive line, starting 115 out of 134 games played for Baltimore.
``He fought his way into the NFL, fought his way into our starting lineup and he fought to help us win,'' Newsome said. ``When we list the true Ravens in our history - and there is a Ravens way that includes respect for your teammates and opponents, toughness, intelligence on the field, passion for the game - Mike will be high on that list.''
The Ravens could move starting left guard Jason Brown back to center, where he has lined up previously and was an All-ACC selection at North Carolina. Former second-round pick Chris Chester is another potential option at center.