Ravens sign NT Ryan McBean


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The Baltimore Ravens continue to beef up their defensive line, as they agreed to a one-year deal on Monday with former Denver Broncos nose tackle Ryan McBean, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.

McBean, 28, has spent the last three seasons with the Broncos. In 2011, McBean posted the best numbers of his career with 33 total tackles and four sacks while playing in all 16 regular-season games.

However, McBean was released by the Broncos after the NFL suspended him for six games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound McBean was allegedly found to have “non-human” urine in his system, according to a story by Bill Williamson of ESPN.com.

Denver offered McBean a $1.272 million free-agent tender for the 2012 season, but the Broncos withdrew the offer after signing former Ravens defensive lineman Justin Bannan, making McBean expendable, according to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times.

McBean is the second veteran nose tackle the Ravens have signed this past week. Last week, they signed Maake Kemoeatu. The Ravens need to replace defensive linemen Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney, both of whom signed with the Indianapolis Colts as unrestricted free agents.

For his career, McBean has 77 tackles and one fumble recovery.