An eventful offseason continued today with GM Eric DeCosta once again fortifying the Ravens defensive front, this time by re-signing veteran edge-rusher Pernell McPhee.
We have agreed to terms on a one year deal with Pernell McPhee. pic.twitter.com/dDDDzIct1Q— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 5, 2020
McPhee, 31, returned to Baltimore last year but had his season cut short after suffering a torn triceps injury in October. Prior to that, though, McPhee was well on his way to a resurgent campaign - having racked up 19 tackles, nine pressures, six QB hits and three sacks in six games.
He was the team’s most effective pass-rusher aside from Matthew Judon and while his injury opened the door for youngsters Jaylon Ferguson and Tyus Bowser to step into larger roles, McPhee’s absence was noticeable at times.
After opting to not add another edge-rusher in the draft, the door for McPhee to return was seemingly wide open. Both sides wasted no time coming to an agreement and McPhee’s reinsertion into the outside linebacker rotation will be a welcome addition.
It remains to be seen how much he has left in the tank after struggling with several injuries in recent years but if his stint in 2019 is any indication, McPhee will once again be a valuable rotational piece for “Wink” Martindale.
McPhee’s versatility as a capable pass-rusher both on the edge and when kicked inside gives the Ravens yet another dimension on the defensive line, which already is set be downright scary featuring Judon, Brandon Williams, Calais Campbell and Derrick Wolfe, among others.
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