Alex Collins Waived by Ravens After Arrest Following Car Crash

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2019

Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins rushes the ball in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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The Baltimore Ravens announced Friday they have waived running back Alex Collins after two seasons with the team.

According to ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley, Collins was arrested Friday morning after crashing his car into a tree about a mile away from the Ravens' team facility. Formal charges against Collins have yet to be announced.

Collins was set to become a restricted free agent prior to getting waived, and his spot on the team was tenuous since he lost his starting job to undrafted rookie Gus Edwards last season.

The 24-year-old Collins rushed for 411 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games last season, also catching 15 passes for 105 yards and a score.

He was far more effective in 2017, his first season with the Ravens. In 15 games, Collins rushed for 973 yards and six touchdowns to go along with 23 grabs for 187 yards. From 2017 to 2018, Collins' yards per carry dipped from 4.6 to 3.6.

The Seattle Seahawks selected Collins in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft out of Arkansas, but he spent just one season with the team and played sparingly before getting released.

With Collins out of the picture, the Ravens have a pair of running backs on the roster in Edwards and 2016 fourth-round pick Kenneth Dixon. Both Javorius Allen and Ty Montgomery are set to become free agents.

Edwards may have done enough to earn Baltimore's starting job for 2019 after rushing for 718 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games last season, but the Ravens will also have options in free agency and the draft.

The top free-agent running backs include Le'Veon Bell, Mark Ingram, Jay Ajayi and Tevin Coleman, while top draft prospects at running back include Alabama's Josh Jacobs, Iowa State's David Montgomery, Memphis' Darrell Henderson and Texas A&M's Trayveon Williams.