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The Ravens have lost their first free agent of the offseason.
Defensive end Cory Redding is joining former Ravens Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis, the Colts announced Wednesday.
Redding reportedly signed a three-year deal, $10.5 million with the Colts.
Pagano is looking to implement a 3-4 defense in Indianapolis and Redding is a veteran player familiar with the scheme.
“He was a tremendous asset to our defense in Baltimore and he pieced together one of his best seasons last year,” Pagano told the Colts website. ”Cory will fit in nicely with what we are trying to accomplish on the defensive side of the ball this year.”
The 31-year-old defensive end had been with the Ravens for the last two seasons, starting 22 games during that stretch. Redding recorded 43 tackles and 4.5 sacks last year.
Redding was a well-liked player and he started the tradition of playing cornhole in the locker room.
The Colts will be the fourth team in Redding’s nine-year career, as he also spent six seasons with Detroit and one in Seattle.
With Redding’s departure, the Ravens will likely look to Arthur Jones and Pernell McPhee to fill his role on the line.
“Congratulations on the new deal with Indy,” Jones tweeted to Redding on Wednesday. “Thank you for being a mentor to me and teaching me alot these last two years. You will be missed in the d-line room.”
Jones has started one game in his first two NFL seasons and finished last year with 18 tackles.
McPhee was a surprise during his rookie campaign, as the fifth-round pick finished second on the team with six sacks. He led all rookies with 23 tackles.