The Baltimore Ravens have lost a few big name contributors to beginning of free agency over the past few days, but a more under the radar loss just took place for them.
The #Patriots are signing former #Ravens DL Lawrence Guy to a 4-year contract worth up to $20M, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2017
The 26 year old entered the league in 2011 as a seventh round pick of the Green Bay Packers, and bounced around a bit with stints in Indianapolis and San Diego before finally catching on in Baltimore in 2014. He had several nice seasons with the Ravens, and while he never could claim to stuffing a stat sheet, he was a solid player along a defensive line that often contained more heralded and flashy players than him.
On New England’s side of things, this is a pretty intriguing signing. Bill Belichick has a fascination with acquiring new relatively unknown talent and turning those players into household NFL names (see, Hogan, Chris; Sheard, Jabaal).
It is also indicative of a somewhat different mindset that has apparently taken over in Foxboro, where it seems that Belichick is taking a bit more of an aggressive approach to free agency. The same thing could be said for Ozzie Newsome who is making waves back in Owings Mills with similar moves.
While Guy was never the most flashy player on the team, he always managed to stay in the mix, and was a great contributor alongside players such as Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan. When he has 15 sacks for the 14-2 Patriots next season, we in Baltimore will surely miss him along the defensive line.