The Ravens have signed former Denver Broncos edge rusher Shane Ray to a one-year deal, showing their continued desire to beef up their pass rush in 2019.
Ray is a former Broncos first-round pick in 2015, the 23rd overall selection in that year’s draft after a standout college career at Missouri.
Ray’s best NFL season came in 2016 when he had eight sacks, but his production has tailed off dramatically the past few seasons, with just one sack in both 2017 and 2018. Shane has been plagued by injuries, missing 13 games over the past two seasons.
However, Ray is still young, celebrating his 26th birthday on Saturday. After drafting edge rusher Jaylon Ferguson in the third round and reportedly adding Pernell McPhee, the Ravens were still looking to fortify their pass rush after losing Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith in free agency, who combined for 15 1/2 sacks last season.
Perhaps a fresh start in Baltimore would rejuvenate Ray, who would join Tyus Bowser, Tim Williams, Ferguson and potentially McPhee competing for playing time at outside linebacker opposite Matthew Judon.
The Ravens waived quarterback Jalan McClendon and defensive tackle Kalil Morris in corresponding moves.