Ravens Add Depth to Defense

Ryan McBean, NT

Ryan McBean, NT

The Baltimore Ravens added depth to their defense by signing two defensive players. They signed nose tackle, Ryan McBean who spent the last three seasons with the Denver Broncos. Last season he came off a career high season with 19 tackles and four sacks.

McBean is currently disputing a six-game suspension he received in March for violating the league’s performance enhancement policy. Ravens General Manager, Ozzie Newsome said that they did their research and consulted the league office before signing him.

He will be given a chance to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster. If signed, McBean would be a nice addition to the defensive depth chart after losing defensive ends Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney as free agents. McBean would also miss the first six games of the season due to his six-game suspension.

The Ravens also resigned cornerback Cary Williams. He is a fifth-year cornerback who signed his second-round franchise tender worth $1.972 million with no talk of a long-term contract extension.

Cary Williams, CB

Cary Williams, CB

Williams recently returned from hip surgery to repair a torn labrum, the injury happened during the November 13 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Williams did not miss any playing time due to his injury; he played the last seven weeks of the regular season and the playoffs in pain. He expects to be back in time for the Ravens minicamp on June 11.

“That’s already set in stone,” Williams said. “I’m eager to get out there and run with the guys. My body is saying, ‘Yeah, it’s that time.’ But I just can’t. I’m just trying to stay within the limits and take it slow.”

He will complete with second-year cornerback Jimmy Smith for the starting spot.

Last season, Williams had a career high 78 tackles and two forced fumbles.

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