Today, the Baltimore Ravens signed veteran linebacker Jonathan Freeny to the 53 man roster. Freeny, a former Patriots player was released by New England earlier this month. He is now joining the Ravens to provide much-needed depth at the inside linebacker position. Two linebackers, Bam Bradley, and Albert McClellan were placed on the injury reserve after severe injuries. This leaves just C.J. Mosley, Kamalei Correa, and Patrick Onwuasor at inside linebacker. Freeny now comes in to relieve the three young linebackers, and provide experience at the position. The open slot was provided by the Ravens placing defensive end Brent Urban on the injury reserve. He suffered a Lisfranc sprain in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.
In 2011, Jonathan Freeny entered the league as an undrafted free agent, who played college football at Rutgers. Before being picked up by an NFL team, Freeny played in the Arena Football League, for the now-defunct Chicago Rush. Later in that year, he was signed to the Miami Dolphins. Freeny spent three seasons in Miami, before joining the Patriots in 2015. Freeny spent two years with the Patriots before being released this month, following a shoulder injury in October of last year.
Freeny has appeared in 62 total games in the NFL. During his time in the NFL, Freeny has totaled 63 tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles. Along with signing Freeny, the Ravens made a couple of other roster moves. Baltimore released linebacker Boseko Lokombo and running back Jeremy Langford. In addition, the Ravens re-signed tight end Ryan Malleck to the practice squad. Jeremy Langford was released with an injury settlement, as he sustained an injury when Baltimore brought him up from the practice squad to the 53 man roster. Lokombo, a former Oregon Duck, could find his way back to the practice squad, should Baltimore be looking to add more depth at linebacker.