Terrence Cody : Former Ravens DT Charged With Possession Of Alligator And Weed

Terrence Cody : Former Ravens DT Charged With Possession Of Alligator And Weed

Terrence Cody, the former Baltimore Raven defensive tackle, was indicted for animal cruelty on Monday.

Cody faces 15 charges, including two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. He turned himself in when a warrant was issued and was released on $10,000 bail after being processed at Precinct 3.

The two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty are related to the death of one of his dogs, a Bullmastiff from Spain. If convicted, the crime is punishable by a maximum of three years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

The 26-year-old also faces charges of illegal possession of an alligator, abuse or neglect of an animal and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A 2010 second-round draft pick out of Alabama, Cody was nearing the end of a one-year deal with the Ravens and would have become a free agent at the start of the new league year March 10. The Ravens announced Jan. 23 that they would release the former two-time consensus All-American, and Feb. 2 was the first day teams could officially cut players.

Terrence Cody wasn’t expected to be re-signed as a free agent. Second-year nose tackle Brandon Williams emerged in Cody’s absence, recording 46 tackles, two forced fumbles and 0.5 sacks while playing in all 16 games. Baltimore used a second-round pick on Florida State standout defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, who recorded 23 tackles and four sacks in 12 games.

During 57 career games with the Ravens, Cody amassed 87 tackles, two passes defended and no sacks. Last year, the 6-foot-5, 345-pounder appeared in one game after being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List for the first nine weeks of the season. He failed to record a tackle, ending his disappointing five-year tenure in Baltimore.