The Baltimore Ravens ended veteran outside linebacker Pernell McPhee's brief period as an unrestricted free agent by re-signing him two days after his release.
We have re-signed OLB Pernell McPhee. pic.twitter.com/pm2vA1JwwZ— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 2, 2021
This move was widely anticipated and was done after some active roster finagling that included placing young wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Miles Boykin on short-term injured reserve. It should still count as part of the 10-year veteran's second stint with the team since returning in the 2019 off-season after four years abroad in which he played for the Chicago Bears and Washington Football Team.
McPhee was originally drafted by the Ravens in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and joined tight end Eric Tomlinson as the other vested veteran to be released and brought back on the active roster. He is projected to be the starting RUSH outside linebacker and provide a strong presence against the run on early downs with the positional versatility to move inside and rush the passer when Justin' Houston checks-in on obvious passing downs.
The Ravens also re-signed a handful of familiar vested veterans to their practice squad on Wednesday. The list includes safety Anthony Levine, nose tackle Justin Ellis, safety Jordan Richards, offensive tackle Andre Smith, defensive end Chris Smith and reportedly inside linebacker Josh Bynes.