The Baltimore Ravens are looking to add to their pass rush in the latter stages of free agency. With many of the top free agents gone, the Ravens have decided to add a former first-round draft pick to their roster.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Ravens are signing former Denver Broncos pass rusher Shane Ray. The former No. 23 overall pick from the 2015 NFL Draft was not re-signed after the 2018 season.
As a star pass rusher at Missouri, Ray broke the team’s single-season sack record in 2014, earning SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors in the process. He entered the draft following his junior season and was a top prospect coming out of college.
Ray had four sacks as a rookie, and was credited with a two tackles, a quarterback hit, and a forced fumble in Denver’s Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers.
The following year, Ray recorded a career-high eight sacks while playing all 16 games for Denver.
But Ray ultimately struggled to crack the starting lineup due to injuries, appearing in just 19 games between 2017 and 2018. The Broncos declined his fifth-year option prior to the start of the 2018 season.
Former Broncos’ LB Shane Ray is signing with the Baltimore Ravens, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 17, 2019
In four years in the NFL, Ray has 14.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, 94 tackles, and 33 quarterback hits.
The deal will reportedly be for one year.