Baltimore Ravens to cut Terrence Cody, reportedly under investigation for animal cruelty

Terrence Cody has played with the Ravens since 2010.

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The Baltimore Ravens announced Friday they plan to terminate the contract of nose tackle Terrence Cody the week following the Super Bowl.

However, the reason may be somewhat more complex as the Baltimore Sun is reporting Cody is under investigation for animal cruelty, and the case is being discussed with the Baltimore County State’s attorney’s office, said Elise Armacost, the director of communications for Baltimore County police.

According to the report, the Ravens are aware of the investigation.

Cody hasn’t been charged with a crime, although the Sun sources say the case involves a dog. FOX Sports NFL insider Mike Garafolo reports that Cody’s agent Peter Schaffer says his client’s dog died due to worms.

"There was no animal cruelty," Schaffer said. "If this affects at all my client’s ability to get a job, I’m going to do everything in my legal power to protect his rights."

Cody was to become an unrestricted free agent in March, as his one-year, $730,000 contract was set to expire.

The 2010 second-round draft pick from Alabama had a disappointing five-year tenure with the Ravens, notching 87 career tackles with no sacks, forced fumbles or fumble recoveries.