The Baltimore Ravens officially signed veteran outside linebacker Pernell McPhee after agreeing to terms on May 5th. McPhee, 31-years old, returns to his original team on another one-year deal after reuniting with them last offseason.
Pernell McPhee has officially passed his physical, finalizing his 1-year deal with the team.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) May 12, 2020
McPhee assumed the starting rush linebacker role last season ahead of Tyus Bowser and rookie third-round pick Jaylon Ferguson. McPhee played in seven games before a torn tricep against the Seattle Seahawks sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
In those seven games, McPhee had three sacks, six QB hits, and seven tackles for loss. What was missed most about the veteran was his ability to stop the run and set the edge, something which his replacements often struggled with in his absence. McPhee returns familiarity and wisdom to a very young defensive unit in an offseason where continuity will be more important than ever for teams around the league.
After failing to snag a single edge rusher in the draft, the return of McPhee is an expected but welcomed addition to what should be a dangerous front seven for defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to play with. The key for McPhee this season will be to limit his snaps in order for him to stay fresh and hopefully last the entire season. The last time McPhee played in all 16 games was the end of his first stint in Baltimore in 2014. With the progress made by both Bowser and Ferguson last season and the addition of Jihad Ward, McPhee’s role should be much more defined and limited.
To make room for McPhee, the Ravens cut wide receiver Sean Modster.