Ravens reportedly cut Heap, Mason and McGahee

Todd Heap catches a touchdown pass in front of Steelers safety Ryan Clark in Pittsburgh, Penn.,...

Todd Heap catches a touchdown pass in front of Steelers safety Ryan Clark in Pittsburgh, Penn., Jan. 15, 2011. (DAVE DENOMA/Reuters)

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BALTIMORE - Although NFL teams cannot officially cut or waive players yet, reports are already surfacing that the Baltimore Ravens will free up salary cap space by parting ways with wide receiver Derrick Mason, running back Willis McGahee and tight end Todd Heap.

ESPN reported the anticipated moves and the Baltimore Sun reported that the Ravens informed nose tackle Kelly Gregg that he would be cut on Thursday.

The news came a few hours after the league officially announced an end to the NFL lockout. The work stoppage had been in place since March 12.

"With this agreement comes a new salary cap, unlike last season when there was no cap. We will be making a number of roster moves in the next 48 hours that will free up salary cap space," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "This will give us the ability to make offers to our players we want to re-sign, plus put us in a position to sign free agents from other teams."

The 37-year-old Mason hasn't missed a game in the last eight years. Selected with the 98th overall pick in the fourth round of the 1997 NFL Draft by Tennessee, Mason has spent the last six seasons with the Ravens. He had 61 catches for 802 yards and seven TDs last season.

McGahee started in two of the 15 games he played in last season and rushed for 380 yards and five scores.

Heap, a first-round pick of the Ravens in 2001, has 41 TD catches in his career. Last season, the two-time Pro Bowl selection had 40 receptions for 599 yards and five scores.


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