Three years ago, the
Foxworth, who hails from Randallstown and starred at Maryland, played in just two games for the Ravens the past two seasons after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a noncontact drill on the first day of training camp in 2010.
A day after shredding his knee, Foxworth -- supporting himself on crutches as tears welled up in his eyes -- told reporters at an impromptu news conference in the lobby of the Westminster Best Western that he felt he was letting the franchise down. He spent that season on injured reserve, and after the pain in his knee persisted in 2011, Foxworth was placed on injured reserve in late September.
"We appreciate all Domonique did for us the past three years, both with his play and his important leadership off the field," Ravens general manager
The Ravens said Foxworth failed a physical. As a vested veteran, meaning he has at least four years of NFL experience, Foxworth is now a free agent and can sign with any team.
Foxworth, who turns 29 on March 27, was due to make $5.6 million in 2012, the final season of a four-year, $27.2 million contract that he signed in 2009 with much fanfare in his hometown.
"You sacrifice some of the other things that are important to you because being close to home is obviously of premium importance in my thinking," he said in 2009 when he joined the team.
Foxworth's release came three days after the Ravens cut fellow cornerback
Foxworth started 16 games for the Ravens that season, making four interceptions and breaking up 16 passes. He played well down the stretch as the Ravens went 9-7 and reached the
He next played in 2011, suiting up for the first two games. But he was mostly ineffective because of a knee that had not fully recovered. After being inactive in Week 3, he was placed on injured reserve. At the time, coach
"We'll see how it goes," Foxworth said when asked about his future after the Ravens' season ended. "I'm not that high on the food chain to make those types of decisions. I just do what I'm told."
Foxworth starred at Western Tech, earning first-team all-Metro and all-county honors from The Baltimore Sun in 2000, then was recruited by
He started 40 games at Maryland, totaling 143 tackles, eight interceptions and 31 passes broken up.
After graduating from Maryland, Foxworth was a third-round draft pick by the
He was traded to the
A year later, Foxworth was a prized addition for the Ravens in an offseason in which the team re-signed inside linebacker
Foxworth said he relished mentoring the team's young cornerbacks -- who include
In an interview with The Baltimore Sun after the Ravens' 23-20 loss to the
Because of his knee injury, his impact on the field was limited. But Foxworth has remained active off the field. As a member of the
Foxworth has also given back to the Baltimore community through his nonprofit organization, Baltimore B.O.R.N. (Boys Opportunity and Resource Network). The organization provides opportunities and resources to male students from low-income families who live in Baltimore.