Looking to add depth along the defensive line this offseason, the Baltimore Ravens’ search netted them Ryan McBean, a multitalented 6-foot-5, 305-pounder.
McBean inked a one-year, $1.21 million deal earlier this month. But it will be nearly a month into the regular season until he can make his debut with the Ravens.
McBean, 28, has to serve a three-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. When the Ravens welcome the Cleveland Browns to town in week four, he will provide more depth to the team’s front seven.
During an organized team activity, McBean displayed force, athletic ability and had a knack for getting into the backfield, according to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times.
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 Wilson.
Despite being suspended for the first three regular season games of the season, he is eligible to participate in all offseason activities and preseason games.
The Ravens lost a pair of defensive linemen, Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney, in free agency to the Indianapolis Colts.
That being said, signing a player like McBean to play behind starters Haloti Ngata and Terrence Cody was essential.
Additionally, the Ravens also signed former veteran starting nose guard Maake Kemoeatu and drafted University of Georgia defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson in the seventh round of this year’s draft.
With the Ravens’ defensive tendency to line guys up at multiple positions, McBean should have no problem fitting in and playing wherever he is asked to because of his versatility.
For his career, the Oklahoma State product has 77 tackles and one fumble recovery.