The Ravens have brought back veteran special teams ace/defensive back Jordan Richards on a one-year deal.
Richards, 27, was acquired midway through last season after he was released by the New England Patriots when they signed Justin Bethel, who was released by Baltimore.
The swap, which netted the Ravens a compensatory pick, worked out for Baltimore.
In his nine games with the Ravens, Richards proved to be a strong special teams contributor and well-liked player. He made seven tackles and scored a special teams touchdown on a failed punt attempt in the rain by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17. Richards played one defensive snap.
The Ravens are always determined to have a strong special teams unit, and having a veteran presence like Richards to help lead the group goes a long way. Two other veteran special teams leaders, Anthony Levine Sr. and Brynden Trawick, are pending unrestricted free agents.
Baltimore has already made three moves to keep their own this offseason, bringing back veteran offensive lineman Andre Smith and Richards on one-year deals and reaching a three-year extension with safety Chuck Clark.