The Ravens made it official Thursday, announcing they've released former Pro Bowl special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Ayanbadejo, 36, was due a $940,000 base salary this year, the second year of a three-year, $3.22 million contract that included a $400,000 signing bonus. The Ravens save roughly $807,000 against the salary cap by cutting the California native.

"We considered him one of the foundations of our team and he gave me sound counsel as one of our team leaders," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Ayanbadejo, who doubled as a reserve inside linebacker.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Ayanbadejo led the Ravens with 14 special-teams tackles last season. He had no special-teams tackles in the playoffs, though, as Baltimore allowed a pair of touchdown returns to Denver Broncos kick returner Trindon Holliday in the Ravens' AFC divisional round road victory.

"As a team, we place a high value on special teams and Brendon was one of our top performers in that area for the last five seasons," general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "The door may not be closed to bring him back to help us again.”

Ayanbadejo has 187 career special-teams tackles, leading or sharing the team lead in special-teams tackles seven times.