In an effort to continue beefing up their defensive line, the Baltimore Ravens have signed former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears to a two-year, $3.55 million contract, as first reported by Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com.
The Ravens made it a point emphasis earlier this week when the signed defensive end Chris Canty, a former Cowboy and Giant, and they were at it again on Friday.
Spears, 30, was cut by the Cowboys on Thursday, two years after signing a five-year, $19.2 million contract. Over the past two seasons, Spears started only 11 games. Given that information, expect Spears to play in a reserve role with the Ravens. He’s not an impact pass rusher, having notched just two sacks over the past three seasons, but Spears is a solid run-stopper.
One of the main factors that attributed to Spears’ release was that he didn’t fit into Dallas’ new 4-3 defensive scheme.
Of Spears, Rainer Sabin of The Dallas Morning News writes: “Eventually Spears, who started only six games last season, became expendable when the Cowboys hired Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator in January and decided to switch to a 4-3 scheme. Once picked by former coach Bill Parcells to be one of the linchpins in the team’s 3-4 system, Spears now didn’t have a role that suited him.”
Now that the Ravens have signed two veteran defensive linemen, they should shift their focus towards adding linebackers and a safety. Those areas are major needs after the Ravens lost linebackers Dannell Ellerbe (signed with Miami) and Paul Kruger (signed with Cleveland) and released strong safety Bernard Pollard.