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Ravens Waive RB Alex Collins

March 1, 2019
Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins was arrested early March 1 after a car crash near the team's Owings Mills, Md., facility, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun. According to the report, police responded after a car had crashed into a tree in the 10000 block of Dolfield Road in Owings Mills, and Collins was arrested. 

The Ravens announced later in the day that they  waived Collins, who is expected to be formally charged March 1.

The future for Collins, 24, was unclear even before his arrest. 

After a breakout season in 2017 with the Ravens in which he ran 212 times for 973 yards and six touchdowns -- all team highs -- Collins entered the 2018 season as the team's No. 1 running back. But he started slowly and never got going, totaling 411 yards in 10 games before missing the rest of the season with a foot injury. 

Collins did lead the Ravens again with seven rushing touchdowns, punctuating his scores with some of the Irish dance moves that drew him a lot of attention off the field. But his injury coincided with the emergence of rookie Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon as centerpieces of the Ravens’ running game, along with quarterback Lamar Jackson. Edwards, who played 11 games after being promoted from the practice squad, led the team with 718 rushing yards on 137 carries.

Collins, a former fifth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, was signed by the Ravens after the Seahawks cut him at the end of training camp in 2017. As a restricted free agent, Collins could receive an original-round tender from the Ravens, worth roughly $2 million. Or, he could go nontendered and become an unrestricted free agent.

In three NFL seasons, totaling 36 games, Collins has 357 carries for 1,509 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine this week, head coach John Harbaugh declared that Edwards is the No. 1 back entering 2019 but added, "We're going to put some competition in there for him, too."

This has been updated and will continue to be as more information becomes available.

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