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Ravens Reportedly Sign Pernell McPhee to One-Year Deal

May 16, 2019 - 6:55 pm

By Joe Schiller 

Even after drafting Jaylon Ferguson in the third round of the NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens were expected to add more pass rush help. With Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah off the market and a limited pool of free agents, the Ravens stuck with familiarity.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Ravens have agreed to a one-year deal with linebacker Pernell McPhee. 

McPhee began his career in Baltimore as a fifth-round pick. He spent four seasons with the Ravens, totaling 17 sacks and 64 tackles. McPhee, much like Za'Darius Smith, had a breakout season (7.5 sacks) in the final year of his rookie contract and signed a five-year deal with the Chicago Bears as a free agent. But injuries limited McPhee's time on the field in Chicago and he was released after just three seasons. 

McPhee signed a one-year deal with the Redskins and played in 13 games in Washington last season.

It's hard not to hate this signing. Contract details haven't been released, but the Ravens likely signed McPhee on an affordable contract. It's a low-risk, high-reward deal that gives the Ravens a much-needed pass rush help. 

The obvious key for McPhee will be his health. He hasn't played in a full 16-game season since departing from Baltimore in 2014. 

McPhee won't be an every-down starter alongside Matt Judon but can come in as a situational pass rusher with versatility. It's one of McPhee's greatest assets, having played defensive end, defensive tackle and outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. 

McPhee immediately becomes the oldest player at the position in Baltimore at 30-years-old. A young pass rush group will benefit from McPhee's leadership in the locker, especially considering he played alongside Suggs, Ray Lewis, and Ed Reed on a Super Bowl-winning team. 

The Ravens took a flyer on John Brown last season and the move paid dividends. I'm sure they're hoping McPhee can revitalize his career in the same place he started it.