Ravens Sign Linebacker L.J. Fort

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October 01, 2019 - 10:53 am

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By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Ravens added depth to the middle of their defense on Monday, signing former Eagles linebacker L.J. Fort. The move comes after undrafted rookie Otaro Alaka was placed on Injured Reserve.

Fort, who came into the league undrafted in 2012, spent four games with the Eagles this season before being released. He previously spent four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, totaling 42 tackles and two sacks in 44 games.

The Ravens’ linebackers struggled in the 44-25 loss to the Browns on Sunday and Fort could see immediate playing time. Baltimore did not re-sign C.J. Mosley during the offseason and did not draft a rookie middle linebacker.

Some have said Fort’s addition could move Patrick Onwuasor back to WILL linebacker, where he had a breakout campaign alongside Mosley last season. Onwausor has struggled to start the season and the Ravens recently moved the “green dot” communication for defense from him to safety Tony Jefferson.

The Ravens’ defense has struggled in the past three games and will look for a bounce back performance in a must-win game against the Steelers on Sunday.

It will be interesting to see how quickly Fort is incorporated into Wink Martindale’s defense.