Looking to round out their defensive line rotation, the Ravens has signed veteran nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu, the team announced Wednesday. Kemoeatu will likely replace backup nose tackle Brandon McKinney, who signed with Chuck Pagano and the Indianapolis Colts in free agency.
Kemoeatu, 33 got his start as an undrafted free agent with the Ravens in 2002. A Tonga native and a Utah graduate, Kemoeatu played four seasons with the Ravens. He started 16 games and made 30 tackles in 2005, his final season in Baltimore. He has also played for the Carolina Panthers (2006-08) and the Washington Redskins (2010). Kemoeatu, who missed the entire 2009 season with a torn Achilles tendon, did not play in 2011.
“When we signed Maake as a rookie free agent in 2002, he really rose to the occasion and worked his way into becoming a highly-regarded player in Baltimore and throughout the league,” director of pro personnel Vincent Newsome said in a statement. “He is incredibly strong -- someone who has heavy hands and great punch. For a guy his size, he also moves really well and creates separation.”