The Ravens signed quarterback Jalan McClendon and guard Patrick Vahe to free agent contracts Monday. Both were undrafted free agents who impressed in the Ravens’ rookie minicamp earlier this month.
Baltimore is now at its full limit of 90 players, which includes four quarterbacks.
McClendon, who played at Baylor, threw impressively during the lone minicamp practice that was open to the media, showing strong velocity and a nice touch. At 6-foot-5, 219 pounds, he has the classic quarterback size and will give the Ravens another thrower in offseason practices to join Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III and sixth-round draft pick Trace McSorley.
McClendon backed up Ryan Finley (a fourth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals last month) at N.C. State for three years before transferring to Baylor, where he played in nine games (one start). He completed 55-of-91 passes for 715 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. McClendon drew NFL interest during the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl practices.
Vahe was a four-year starter at the University Texas, including 14 games during the 2018 season when he started at left guard. The Ravens’ starting job at left guard is expected to be an open competition that will include Alex Lewis, James Hurst, Bradley Bozeman, and fourth-round pick Ben Powers. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Vahe was not invited to the NFL Combine, but he showed off his strength at Texas’ Pro Day.
After being invited to rookie minicamp, Vahe displayed enough potential to compete for a spot on the 90-man roster. At least one undrafted free agent has made the Ravens’ 53-man roster for 15 straight years.