The Ravens have waived defensive back/special teams ace Justin Bethel, a move that likely gives Baltimore a fourth-round compensatory pick in next year’s draft.
Bethel had a team-leading six special teams tackles this season and was one of the Ravens’ best players on special teams after being signed as a free agent in March.
However, when the Tennessee Titans cut former Ravens defensive end Brent Urban over the weekend, it took away the fourth-round compensatory pick the Ravens acquired for losing wide receiver John Brown during free agency.
By cutting Bethel prior to Week 10, the compensatory pick formula allows the Ravens to recoup the compensatory pick they lost when Urban was cut. The Ravens also signed two players in recent weeks who have special teams experience, linebackers Josh Bynes and L.J. Fort.
The 29-year-old Bethel played for the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons before signing with the Ravens in March. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler as a specialist and signed a two-year deal.
In another roster move, the Ravens cut defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter from the practice squad.