Ravens safety Bernard Pollard tweeted Wednesday that he is finished in Baltimore.
Well Raven Nation it’s been fun. My time in Baltimore is done… Thank you!
— Bernard Pollard Jr (@Crushboy31) March 13, 2013
Pollard, who started 13 games for Baltimore last season, will apparently be released by the team. The hard-hitting veteran safety helped set the tone for the Super Bowl champions. He played most of the season with six cracked ribs. He finished with 71 tackles and an interception.
Last May, Pollard agreed to a three-year contract extension to stay with the team long-term. Instead, coming off the Super Bowl win, he will be a free agent.
Pollard’s exit is the latest in a series of changes to the Ravens’ defense, long considered one of the league’s best. Ray Lewis retired after the Super Bowl. Linebacker Paul Kruger signed with the Browns. More surprisingly, fellow linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, expected by many to return, signed with the Dolphins. Veteran safety Ed Reed is also expected to leave.
For more on the latest signings, check out SI.com’s NFL Free-Agent Tracker.