Ravens sign Ryan McBean to bolster defensive line depth

Former Bronco may have to sit first six games of 2012 because of suspension

May 07, 2012|By Jeff Zrebiec

The Ravens continued to add depth to their defensive line, reaching a one-year agreement today with former Denver Broncos nose tackle Ryan McBean.

McBean, 28, spent the previous three seasons with the Broncos and had his best year in 2011 with 33 total tackles and four sacks while playing in all 16 regular-season games. However, the league suspended him in March for the first six games of this coming season for violating NFL’s performance-enhancement policy.

McBean has disputed the claim and filed a lawsuit, saying that the NFL improperly handled his drug test. If the lawsuit fails, he won’t be eligible to play until the Ravens’ Week Seven game against the Houston Texans on Oct. 21.

The Broncos originally offered McBean a $1.3 million free-agent tender to return, but that offer was rescinded after the suspension was announced and Denver added former Ravens defensive tackle Justin Bannan.

McBean, who is 6-5 and 305 pounds, is the second veteran defensive lineman to sign with the Ravens within the last week. They also brought back defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu last week.

The Ravens have been looking to add to their defensive line rotation since losing Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney to free agency. Both signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

Not only did they sign McBean and Kemoeatu, but they drafted Georgia defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson (6-foot-2, 306 pounds)in the seventh round. They’ve also agreed to deals with un-drafted free agent defensive linemen, Elliott Henigan (University of Alabama-Birmingham),Nicolas Jean-Baptiste(Baylor) and Ismaa’ily Kitchen (Kent State).

In his career, McBean has 77 tackles and four sacks in 46 games. He was originally drafted out of Oklahoma State in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round. However, he played just one game for the Steelers in 2007 and then spent the following season on the practice squad.

McBean ran into off-the-field trouble last October when he was arrested for allegedly stalking an ex-girlfriend. However, the Denver District Attorney's Office reviewed the case and prosecutors declined to file criminal charges.

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