The Baltimore Ravens and seven year veteran Defensive Lineman Cory Redding have agreed to a two year contract today. Standing at 6'4" and 292 pounds, Redding was signed by Baltimore to add depth to a depleted Defensive Line that had lost key contributors in Justin Bannan to Denver and Dwan Edwards to Buffalo. A former 3rd round draft pick in 2003 by the Detroit Lions, Redding signed a huge $49 million contract ($16 million guaranteed) in 2007 after having a breakout season starting all 16 games with 47 tackles, 8 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. A knee injury in 2008 slowed down his career and eventually led Redding to being involved in a trade with Seattle which sent LB Julian Peterson to Detroit and Redding to the Seahawks.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times wrote an article about Redding pertaining that he has the right attitude to be playing for the Seahawks. Brewer stated in his story....
They don't make 'em any jollier than Cory Redding. Instead of arguing with a brick wall, the new Seahawks defensive end would try to make it laugh. He's so positive and merry that he should do some kind of Santa Claus routine to celebrate sacks.
Redding can be seen here talking with Seahawk insider Tony Ventrella and all indications point to a high character person who will give his all to Baltimore, perfect pick up for Ozzie Newsome.
In order to see as much playing time as Redding would like, he is going to have to show the Ravens coaches that his knee injury is something of the past and will be able to participate fully in OTA's and training camp. He has and can play all positions along the D-Line and has the build to move to DE on passing downs. Could also be an option on Special Teams and now allows for more flexibility in the 2010 draft where Ozzie does not necessarily have to reach on needs at DL.
Welcome to the Baltimore Ravens Mr. Redding.