According to NFL Networks’ NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the Baltimore Ravens are losing another free agent today. The now-former Baltimore Ravens’ inside linebacker, Patrick Onwuasor, is signing with the New York Jets, Rapoport reported on Twitter. The news comes as no surprise, as many expected the Ravens to part ways with Onwuasor after he got lost in the sea of linebackers last year. Baltimore had to make mid-season additions at linebacker to stop the defensive ship from sinking. Josh Bynes and L.J. Fort became the centerpieces of the revamped defense, while Onwuasor faded away. Onwuasor recorded three sacks and 48 solo tackles in 2019, but his presence felt minimal to most observers.
Source: The #Jets have agreed to terms with former Ravens LB Patrick Onwuasor.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 25, 2020
Patrick Onwuasor joined the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Onwuasor was waived on initial cuts but was signed to the practice squad. Onwuasor was promoted to the 53-man roster in October of 2016 after C.J. Mosley injured his thigh. Onwuasor stayed on the Ravens roster from that point forward, and the Ravens placed a second-round tender on the former undrafted free agent in 2019 to avoid him being scooped away as a restricted free agent. The Ravens did not have the opportunity to protect Onwuasor from free agency in 2020 though, as Onwuasor entered the market as an unrestricted free agent. As former baltimoreravens.com editor, Sarah Ellison said, “a fresh start might be best for him.”
The New York Ravens get Patrick Onwuasor. Honestly, a fresh start might be best for him. https://t.co/ZILCiLnvJU
— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) March 25, 2020
“Peanut” joins the Jets with many, and I repeat, many familiar faces. Jets’ general manager Joe Douglass is a former Ravens executive, who has done his part to bring many of his Charm City friends to the Big Apple. Since taking over as GM, Douglas has acquired former Ravens Breshad Perriman, Alex Lewis, Kenneth Dixon, Albert McClellan, and Maurice Canady. Before he even took over, however, the Jets already added former Ravens C.J. Mosley and Bronson Kaufusi.
The details of Patrick Onwuasor’s contract have not yet been reported.