The Baltimore Ravens add veteran Jason Pierre-Paul


Owings Mills, MD — Jason Pierre-Paul agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, to help the team’s thinned-out edge rushers.

After Steven Means (right Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Monday, the Ravens are down to two outside linebackers (Odoff Ovey and Justin Houston) on their 53-man roster.

This season, Baltimore placed two other outside linebackers on injured reserve (Vince Biegle and Dalein Hayes) and lost Jaylen Ferguson, who died in June. Tyus Bowser, who started at outside linebacker last year, is on the physically unable to perform list and could return in a couple of weeks.

The Ravens’ pass rush struggled in Sunday’s 42-38 loss to the Miami Dolphins, which had the largest fourth-quarter slump in team history. Baltimore has four sacks in two games this season.

Pierre-Paul was added after his second meeting with Baltimore. He visited the Ravens in June and left without a contract.

Many Ravens players are unaware of the news coming from the practice field.

“Oh s—, he gives us a lot of pressure. A lot of excuses,” Ove said. “That’s good for us.”

Ravens defensive coordinator Mike McDonald deferred questions about the Pierre-Paul signing to general manager Eric DeCosta, but added, “Obviously, JPP’s had a great career. He’s a heck of a player.”

Pierre-Paul, 33, had 2.5 sacks in his fourth and final season with Tampa Bay when he was hampered by a torn rotator cuff. He underwent shoulder surgery in February and was not re-signed by the Buccaneers in free agency.

When healthy in 2020, Pierre-Paul was instrumental in the Bucks’ championship run, recording 9.5 sacks in the regular season and two in the NFC Championship Game.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Pierre-Paul has totaled 91.5 sacks over 12 seasons.

ESPN’s Jenna Line contributed to this report.


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