Ravens sign Chris Canty to bolster defensive line

Veteran was let go by the New York Giants last month

March 12, 2013|By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

On the same day that they lost two key defensive starters, the Ravens filled one of their free agent priorities by adding some size and experience to the interior of their defensive line.

Former New York Giant and Dallas Cowboy defensive tackle Chris Canty, who spent the day visiting the team's training facility, put out on his Twitter account a picture of him signing a contract with the Ravens. He agreed to a three-year deal worth $8 million that includes $2.8 million in guaranteed money, according to sources.

Canty, 30, is 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds. In eight NFL seasons - four each with the rival Giants and Cowboys - Canty has started 95 games and has 191 tackles and 19 sacks. He had three sacks in nine games for the Giants last season despite being limited by a knee injury.

 After signing a six-year, $42 million contract in 2009, Canty became a salary cap casualty last month. He visited The Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans before signing with the Ravens today.   The Ravens had been looking for a five-technique defensive lineman to fill the role that was occupied by Cory Redding before he signed with the Indianapolis Colts last offseason. They tried several players in that role during the 2012-13 campaign.   Canty is the Ravens' first unrestricted free agent addition. Earlier in the day, they lost linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe to the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins respectively.
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