Ravens Re-sign OL James Hurst, Release DB Lardarius Webb

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Coming off a torn ACL with the Chargers in 2016, Woodhead signed a three-year deal with the Ravens last offseason. Baltimore is expected to fill the right tackle spot with either Hurst, Alex Lewis or a draft pick.

Alex Collins emerged as a quality back for the Ravens last season, and with Woodhead out of the fold, Collins is now set to carry the load in 2018 with support from Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon. Either way, Hurst's signing clouds the future of tackle Austin Howard.

Meanwhile, Webb implied via twitter that he has been let go. He also reports the Ravens have released running back Danny Woodhead for cap reasons. Howard, 30, gutted it out to start every game for the Ravens last season while battling a knee injury. But Webb's role was diminished once cornerback Maurice Canady returned from injured reserve; Webb averaged seven defensive snaps throughout the final four games of the season.

Injuries limited the veteran running back in 2017-18, allowing him to appear in only eight regular-season games and total 14 carries for 56 yards, adding 33 receptions for 200 yards. The size of the contract suggests Hurst, who had been mostly a dependable and versatile backup prior to 2017, will be a starting lineman for Baltimore for seasons to come. Webb finished the year with two interceptions and a forced fumble for a unit that led the National Football League in interceptions and total takeaways.

Viewed as a rising star of the Ravens' defense as his first contract wound down, Webb was signed to a $50 million extension in 2012. Releasing him reportedly frees up $3 million in cap space, according to Spotrac.

Free agency officially begins March 14, but as of March 12, teams could begin negotiating with pending free agents from other teams.