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Ravens News 5/17: McPhee reunion, QB commitment and more

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Reports: Ravens Bringing Back OLB Pernell McPhee - Ryan Mink

McPhee, 30, was a fifth-round pick of the Ravens in 2011 and developed into a strong, versatile pass rusher during his four seasons in Baltimore before getting a mega deal elsewhere in free agency.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Mississippi State product made an immediate impact as a rookie with six sacks. He helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII the following year.

In his 2014 contract year, McPhee broke out with 7.5 sacks. He rushed as a stand-up edge, with his hand in the dirt and even inside on passing downs.

If healthy, McPhee’s versatility will be a major asset along the defensive front.

Ranking NFL QB commitment: How married all 32 teams are to their starters - Dan Graziano

24. Baltimore Ravens

Starter: Lamar Jackson | Signed through: 2021

Tier: Youngster on rookie deal | Ranking in tier: No. 7

Contract: Four-year, $9.472 million contract signed in June 2018. It includes $8.055 million in full guarantees, of which $4.968 million was a signing bonus, and a team option for a fifth year in 2022.

Baltimore is all-in on Jackson, obviously building a speed-based, run-first offense around his unique skill set. If it doesn’t work, the dead-money penalties two offseasons from now aren’t too severe, and his contract isn’t even fully guaranteed.

Lamar Jackson has remedied the Ravens salary cap situation. They are expected to have $55 million of cap space next offseason.

Reviewing Baltimore Ravens 2017 draft class: One rising star and a few question marks - Aaron Kasinitz

Round 2, 47th pick: OLB Tyus Bowser

2018 stats: 15 games (zero stats), 11 combined tackles, 0.5 sacks, one quarterback hit

What now: Even after an underwhelming 2018 season, Bowser has a chance to step into an increased role this year. The departures of Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs in free agency leave open a starting job and plenty of snaps for a Baltimore edge rusher, and while Bowser hasn’t done enough to earn the new responsibilities yet, he can do so with a strong training camp. If he flounders this summer, the Ravens might look elsewhere for pass-rushing depth and consider giving up on a recent second-round pick.

Round 3, 78th pick: OLB Tim Williams

2018 stats: Seven games (zero starts), 10 combined tackle, two sacks, three quarterback hits

What now: Last training camp, Williams’ raw burst off the edge and pass-rush moves left teammates buzzing about his potential. But injuries and inconsistency quashed any hopes of a breakout season, leaving Williams on the bench down the stretch of the campaign. Like Bowser, Williams should have an opportunity to earn expanded playing time in 2019 — he’ll just need to show significant improvement to convince coaches he deserves it.

Williams is probably the best pure pass rusher on the roster. With more snaps, he could have a breakout season.

Ravens Sign Former Steelers Offensive Lineman - Clifton Brown

The Ravens have signed offensive lineman R.J. Prince to the 90-man roster, adding more depth and competition in the trenches.

The 6-foot-6, 311-pound Prince was recently waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was undrafted in 2018 out of North Carolina, where he was a starting guard for the Tar Heels.

The Ravens waived guard Kofi Amichia and tight end Nick Keizer, two players who spent time on the Ravens’ practice squad last season, in corresponding moves.

Prince will join a crowded competition at offensive guard.