There was little fanfare when the Ravens signed veteran safety Sean Considine in March, a day that coincided with the addition of Pro Bowl special teams ace Corey Graham and retaining linebackers Jameel McClain and Brendon Ayanbadejo.
Months later, the acquisition of Considine on a one-year, $890,000 contract that included a $65,000 signing bonus, is being hailed by special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg as a wise move.
Considine is a tough, physical player at 6-foot, 212 pounds entering his eighth NFL season, including previous stints with the Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles where he played for coach John Harbaugh.
And Considine has recorded 93 career special teams tackles in addition to 253 tackles on defense with 2 1/2 sacks, four interceptions, five fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
While Considine is slated for backup duties to strong safety Bernard Pollard on defense, a prime role awaits him on special teams. It's a unit in need of bolstering after a rough season last year where the Ravens allowed two punt returns for touchdowns and one kickoff for a score.
"He’s got experience in virtually every phase, and I appreciate his veteran leadership," Rosburg said of Considine, who only counts for $605,000 against the salary cap under the minimum salary benefit. "I appreciate the fact that he can come in here and run a punt team that he’s not familiar with, and from the first day, he understood the concepts.
"He just had to learn the terminology, and it was a benefit that he played for coach Harbaugh previously, because the systems are very similar. And the other thing I would say he brings is a lot of toughness. He’s a tough dude, likes to practice, likes football, and he’s been a real good addition to our club.”