lost two more starters from their Super Bowl roster on Tuesday -- and then cut veteran safety
on Wednesday -- bringing the total of departed starters to six. The Ravens did, however, sign a versatile defensive lineman who, if he doesn’t step into the starting lineup as a five-technique end, could at least play significant snaps in their defensive line rotation.
The Ravens signed
Canty, 30, comes with name value, having signed a six-year, $42 million contract with the
The Giants recently released him, but he actually played pretty well for them when he was in the lineup. He played just eight games in his first season in New York, but in the past three seasons, he started 41 games, made 111 tackles and recorded 8.5 sacks.
Injuries will be something to monitor. Canty had knee surgery before last season, missed the first six games, and then saw his season prematurely end in Week 16 when he reinjured the knee against the Ravens.
If Canty, who is 6 feet 7 and 317 pounds, can bounce back from the injuries, he should boost a Baltimore pass rush that fell back into the middle of the pack in 2012. While the Ravens do need a nose tackle, Canty is not here to fill that role. He will play the five-technique defensive end position that
Pro Football Focus has given Canty positive overall defensive grades the past three years and a total pass rush grade of plus-19.7 over that span. For comparison sake, Jones and McPhee had a combined pass rush grade of plus-2.1 last season, but McPhee had a plus-21.4 rating in his strong rookie season in 2011.
It will be interesting to see how the Ravens will use Canty, who is not as strong of a run defender as Redding was, but who still holds his own there. He will really help the Ravens in passing situations, as they could use a combination of McPhee, Canty,
This is all just guessing, of course. The ink is barely dry on Canty's contract, one that comes with relatively little risk for the Ravens. We will learn more in the coming months, when Canty is on the field for OTAs.