Ravens OT Alejandro Villanueva announces retirement

The Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson have yet to agree to an expected contract extension, but the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player now knows he won’t have a familiar face in the frame. from his line of protection the next time he takes the field against an opponent. defense.

According to Ravens’ website Clifton Brown, veteran offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva has officially announced his retirement as an active player. As a result, Baltimore placed the 33-year-old on the reserve/retirement roster.

Villanueva made his professional debut for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2015 season after touring several Army tours in Afghanistan, and he became a mainstay on the Pittsburgh offensive line and earned Pro Bowl honors for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. As the Steelers faced salary cap struggles last spring, he eventually joined the Ravens in free agency and quickly proved his worth to his new employer.

Villanueva made a start for Baltimore at right tackle before Ronnie Stanley went down with an ankle injury that kept him out for the rest of the campaign. Following that setback, Villanueva returned to left tackle, where he played in each of the next 16 games.

The Ravens will save $6 million in salary cap space thanks to Villanueva taking time off his career.

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