The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of CB Chris McAlister this afternoon, it was announced by Ozzie Newsome, the team’s general manager and executive vice president.
“First, we want to thank Chris for all he did for the Ravens in the past 10 years,” Newsome explained. “He was a major contributor to many big wins, including the Super Bowl. To play the type of defense we have used here, you have to have corners who can cover one-on-one. He was one of the best at that for us. He was physical and he could run with the best.”
McAlister, played 10 seasons for the Ravens after being selected in the 1st round (10th pick) in the 1999 draft, and was a starter on the 2000 Super Bowl championship team.
"C-Mac" ranks 3rd on the team's all-time interception list with 26 career interceptions, (behind Ed Reed, 43, and Ray Lewis, 28.) He scored 7 career touchdowns – 6 by interceptions and 1 on a missed field goal, which set a then NFL record for longest play (107 yards).
McAlister, who will be 32 in June, played in 6 games in 2008, starting 5, before being placed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury on 11/11. Before being hurt, Chris stole 3 passes and made 19 tackles (17 solo).
“All of us who had the opportunity to coach Chris for the first time this season have an appreciation for all the good things he did for this team through the years,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “He’ll be remembered by us and the fans as one of the best to ever play for the Ravens. He’s a tough guy and he loves football. He’ll play again and he’ll play well.”