The Baltimore Ravens addressed its special teams question marks in free agency after the unit struggled throughout the course of the 2011 season.
Losing safeties Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski in free agency didn’t help matters, but the Ravens addressed both of those areas on Friday, signing free agent safety Sean Considine to a one-year contract.
Considine’s signing was lost in a plethora of activity by the Ravens on Friday, which included the re-signings of linebackers Jameel McClain and Brendon Ayanbadejo as well as free agent cornerback and special teams standout Corey Graham, a former Chicago Bear.
Similar to Ayanbadejo and Graham, Considine, 30, has made his name in the NFL through his special teams play. His signing makes it clear that the Ravens are committed to improving the special teams unit for next season.
Considine, a fourth round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005, played four year seasons with the Eagles, including the first three under Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who was the Eagles special teams coordinator from 1998-2006 and its secondary coach in 2007.
After leaving Philadelphia, Considine joined the Jaguars as a free agent and spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons in Jacksonville. He began the 2011 season with the Carolina Panthers, but was released after four games. He then caught on with the Arizona Cardinals, playing in eight games.
Considine has played in 83 regular season games and has made 93 of his 253 career tackles on special teams. He has also recorded 2 1/2 sacks, four interceptions, five fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in his seven-year career.