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It’s rare that a player will have their restricted free agent tender rescinded.
But that’s what happened to nose tackle Ryan McBean after he received a six-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s performance-enhancement policy.
On April 19, McBean suddenly became a free agent. On Monday, the Ravens signed him to a reported one-year contract. He was given a second chance.
“They’ve given me an opportunity that I’m grateful for,” McBean said . “It’s an opportunity to work and give my best.”
McBean, 28, doesn’t hold any ill will toward Denver, where he was a 14-game starter in 2009 and logged a career-high four sacks last season.
He said the decision to let him walk was “just business,” and he would have done the same thing considering he was then facing a six-week suspension.
Before signing with Baltimore, McBean reportedly settled his case against the NFL for not following proper testing procedures and mishandling his urine sample, lowering his suspension to three games.
While that will still be an early setback for McBean this season, he’s looking at the bright side.
“Things happen. You just have to have the right mind frame about the whole thing,” McBean said.
“It gives me time to get myself ready and focus on improving my craft. Whatever aches and pains I have, maybe those three weeks will help me heal whatever it is. Whatever the situation is, I’ll use that time to get better.”
With the Ravens losing defensive tackle Brandon McKinney and defensive end Cory Redding to free agency, McBean will be relied upon for help in the trenches. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder will compete with fellow recently signed Maake Kemoeatu and Bryan Hall for reserve defensive tackle duty.
“I love the competition. That’s just in me, so I welcome it,” McBean said.
“[I’ll do] whatever’s needed. If they want me to help stop the run, then that’s what it is. If they want me to get to the passer then that’s what it is. I’ll just play the role that’s asked for me to play in and go from there.”