Ravens Sign Safety Kendrick Lewis


The Ravens' first free-agent addition is a new piece to their secondary, as they signed safety Kendrick Lewis to a three-year contract Saturday afternoon.

Lewis has been a starter his entire six-year career, first with the Kansas City Chiefs and then with the Houston Texans.

Last season, he made a career-high 84 tackles (tops on the Texans defense), forced three fumbles and made two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.

He has 256 tackles, 28 passes defensed and nine interceptions (two for touchdowns) and five forced fumbles in five seasons.

The Ravens needed additional help at safety, especially after Darian Stewart signed with the Denver Broncos on Friday. Lewis ranked 39th on Pro Football Focus' list of safeties last season.

Lewis, 26, is a former fifth-round pick out of Mississippi. The 6-foot, 198-pounder topped the Texans' performance-based pay list last year, showing he outperformed his contract.

Lewis will likely be a top candidate to start alongside returning restricted free agent Will Hill.

He was an unrestricted free agent, so he will count against the Ravens' compensatory pick number next year. However, the Ravens had already lost five free agents and the maximum number of compensatory picks that can be allotted is four, so they can still get the max.

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