Ravens Sign NT McBean

The Ravens added another defensive tackle to provide some depth on the line.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Categories: 2012 Offseason, Garrett Downing

The Ravens have made another move to provide some depth to their defensive line.

Baltimore signed nose tackle Ryan McBean on Monday, adding him to a corps that includes recently-acquired defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu.

“We are giving Ryan the opportunity to compete and make our 53-player roster,” General Manager Ozzie Newsome said.

McBean spent the last three seasons with the Denver Broncos and is coming off a career season that included 19 tackles and four sacks. During his time in Denver, McBean played in 46 games and registered 77 tackles, four sacks and one fumble recovery.

He was a periodic starter for the Broncos, but the team allowed him to leave as a restricted free agent this offseason. Denver initially offered him a $1.3 million free-agent tender, but then rescinded the offer after adding veteran defensive tackle Justin Bannan.

The NFL handed down a six-game suspension to McBean in March for violating the league’s performance-enhancement policy, but he is disputing the finding.

“We’ve done our research and consulted with the league office about Ryan and then signed him,” Newsome said.

McBean was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2007 draft, but played just one game in Pittsburgh. 

The Ravens needed to add depth to the defensive line this offseason, after losing defensive end Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney to the Indianapolis Colts as free agents.

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