Ravens sign Nose Tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu


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The Baltimore Ravens have signed veteran nose tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu, according to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times.

Kemoeatu, who played for the Ravens from 2002-2005, signed with the Carolina Panthers following his final season in Baltimore, agreeing to a five-year, $23 million contract that included a $6 million signing bonus, according to Wilson.

After three seasons in Carolina, Kemoeatu then joined the Washington Redskins on a two-year, $7 million deal and started 12 games and recorded  29 tackles for the Redskins in 2010.

Kemoeatu, 33, didn’t play last season after he was released by the Redskins on July 28, 2011. The Tonga native, who played his college ball at Utah, will compete for a job in the Ravens’ defensive line rotation, where there are vacancies in the wake of the departures of Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney, both of whom agreed to contracts with the Indianapolis Colts earlier this offseason.

For his career, the 6-foot-5, 364-pound Kemoeatu has recorded 237 tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble

Kemoeatu dealt with an Achilles tendon injury in 2009, which caused him to miss that entire season.

In his final season with the Ravens, Kemoeatu had his best statistical season, as he started all 16 games and recorded 40 tackles and one sack.