On Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens agreed to a deal with Pernell McPhee, the former Raven pass rusher turned Bear and Redskin. McPhee was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. McPhee wasted no time in earning his place on the roster. In his rookie year, he stunned the league with six sacks. He slowed down in 2012 and 2013, with just 1.5 and 2.0 sacks respectively, but in the contract year of 2014, McPhee rebounded with 7.5 sacks. The Ravens were not able to keep McPhee around, as he signed a five-year, $38.75 million contract with the Chicago Bears.
McPhee played in Chicago for three years but was never able to replicate the success he saw in Baltimore. McPhee recorded 14 sacks and 90 combined tackles over three years. He was cut by the Bears after the 2017 season. He signed a one year deal with the Washington Redskins, worth $1.8 million. He played in 13 games, but only managed to make 11 combined tackles, and left the season with no sacks.
Baltimore adds McPhee as the team exhausts all options to fill the void at pass rusher. The Ravens were dealt two major blows this offseason when Za’Darius Smith left to sign a mega-deal in Green Bay, and Terrell Suggs opted to play his probable last year in Arizona. The Ravens drafted Louisana Tech edge rusher, Jaylon Ferguson in the third round of the draft to potentially fill the gap. However, Baltimore decided that more manpower was needed.
Many Ravens fans were alerted that the team was about to make another signing when Baltimore cut two players, tight end Nick Keizer, and guard Kofi Amichia earlier on Thursday. The Ravens only added second-year guard, R.J. Prince, leaving one roster spot open. That roster spot will now be occupied by Pernell McPhee, as he returns to the team that drafted him, and the team that he won a championship with.