The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent defensive lineman Chris Canty. Canty broke the news himself on his Twitter/instagram account.
Canty tweeted a picture of his signed contract just moments after inking the deal, which was reportedly a 3-year $8 million one, according to Jason LaCanfora.
Canty – known for his wild-looking facemask (left) – is a 30-year-old entering his ninth year in the NFL. He spent 2005-2009 with the Dallas Cowboys, where he started every game for the ‘Boys from 06-08.
In 2009, Canty signed a six-year $42 million contract with the New York Giants. He started every game in 2010 and 2011 before playing in only nine games this past season due to starting the season on the PUP list after offseason knee surgery.
In his career, Canty has racked up 19 sacks and 12 pass defenses. The former Virginia Cavalier was having a good game against the Ravens in Baltimore on December 23 before leaving with an MCL injury.
Ozzie Newsome said that the Ravens wanted to improve the middle of the defense. Though they lost Dannell Ellerbe to Miami earlier today, the middle of the Baltimore “D” just got better.
Right player, right price.
Maybe overreacting Ravens fans will now take a breath, since the team has gained – instead of lost – a player?