The words came straight from Todd Heap's heart. In a half-page ad in Friday's Baltimore Sun, the Ravens' former two-time Pro Bowl tight end thanked the city of Baltimore, its fans and the club for their "incredible support over the years."
Heap, who during a 10-year career became the Ravens' No. 2 receiver all-time, acknowledged in the ad that it was not his decision to leave. The club cut him abruptly in July in a cost-saving measure, a move that surprised Heap and Ravens followers.
The 31-year-old tight end signed with the Arizona Cardinals and, with them, will return to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday to play the Ravens. Landing in Arizona represents a homecoming for Heap, who grew up in Mesa, about 20 miles from the Cardinals' home in Phoenix. He starred at Arizona State before being drafted in the first round by the Ravens in 2001.
Heap has struggled with injuries this season, the first of his two-year, $6 million contract. He had caught 13 passes for 150 yards before missing the past two games with bad hamstrings that also hindered him last year. He is listed as questionable for Sunday.