The Ravens offseason youth movement continued on Wednesday as the team reportedly has cut linebacker and special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo.

The team made no official announcement, but the move was reported by Pro Football Talk, and later Ayanbadejo tweeted thanking the fans.

Ayanbadejo played the past five seasons with the Ravens, and he was re-signed to a new, three-year contract last March. He was due to make $940,000 this coming season, and the team’s cap savings with the move is about $800,000.

Ayanbadejo turns 37 in September, and with the retirement of Ray Lewis and Matt Birk, he would have been the oldest player on the Ravens roster this coming season. The Ravens offseason theme has been about getting younger and faster, and this move appears to be consistent with that.

Ayanbadejo has played 10 NFL seasons, an impressive run especially considering he was cut by the Falcons in his rookie training camp after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 1999. He then spent time in NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League before signing with Miami in 2003.

He spent two seasons with the Dolphins and three with the Bears before joining Baltimore in 2008. Ayanbadejo saw occasional action as an inside linebacker, but his primary role was on special teams, and he has long been viewed as the de facto captain of that unit.

Ayanbadejo made the Pro Bowl three straight years from 2006-08 as a special teams player, twice with the Bears and then once with the Ravens.