DT Michael Pierce signs with Minnesota

Inks 3-Year, $27 Million Contract

Big Bad Morning Show
March 19, 2020 - 10:24 am

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By Austin Medina  

While the news comes as no surprise, Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce is moving on after four seasons in Baltimore. 

With the acquisition of Calais Campbell and the signing of Michael Brockers, Pierce fell out of the Ravens plans. 

With Brockers receiving a three-year, $30 million contract, Baltimore clearly wanted to add more pass rush along the defensive front. With Campbell able to stuff the run as well as rush the quarterback, Baltimore moving on from Pierce became more and more apparant. 

Back in 2016, the Ravens signed Pierce as an undrafted free agent out of Samford and he thrived in the Ravens system, serving a pivotal role against the run game. 

During his time in Baltimore, Pierce showed the ability to ruin opposing game plans on the ground as well as command double teams. In four seasons, Pierce registered 90 solo tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and and 3.5 sacks. 

In 2019, Pierce saw a slight decline in his play as the Ravens inability to stop the rush came to a head in the Divisional Round loss to Tennessee. 

The Vikings signed Pierce shortly after releasing two-time Pro Bowler Linval Joseph. Pierce made sure to thank the Ravens for getting his opportunity and establishing himself in the Purple and Black.