Marshal Yanda, offensive guard
GS: 14 | GP: 14 | Snaps: 981
Season in review: Yanda was the team's most consistent and effective offensive lineman in 2012 and was selected to the Pro Bowl for a second straight season. He suffered an ankle injury in Week 14 and was sidelined for a game, but he was quickly back in the lineup at right guard, punishing fools as usual.
Signature moment: In the playoff win in Denver, Yanda hit Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard with a punishing block that opened up a wide running lane for Ray Rice, who took the ball down to the 1-yard line.
Stat that stands out: zero and four -- sacks and QB hits allowed by Yanda in 2012, per Pro Football Focus.
Pro Football Focus grade: +31.2 overall | +14.3 as a pass blocker | +16.3 as a run blocker | -0.9 penalty.
Outlook for 2013 and beyond: The team's offensive line situation is once again uncertain, but at least we know that Yanda will definitely be at right guard when Week 1 rolls around. Arguably the best guard in the NFL, Yanda, who turns 29 in September, is in his prime. I'm sure there are ways that Yanda can elevate his game, but I'm not even going to try to nitpick this nasty, terrifying Pro Bowl lineman.
Update: Left tackle Bryant McKinnie has re-signed with the Ravens, stabilizing the offensive line. (Jared Wickerham / Getty Images /January 20, 2013)
The Ravens have made it official, announcing their three-year deal with veteran defensive lineman Chris Canty.
Canty signed a three-year, $8 million contract, which includes a $2 million signing bonus, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
The Ravens also announced the previously reported deal for offensive lineman Ramon Harewood, a one-year contract, and running back Damien Berry signing his exclusive-rights one-year tender.
A former New York Giants starter, Canty is a 6-foot-7, 317-pounder who had taken visits to the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans. He has 297 career tackles with 19 sacks.
“Chris is a good player and an upgrade for our defense,” Ravems general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “We’ve seen that in our study, and he has also played very well against us. We like the fact that he is coming from a winning franchise that recently won the Super Bowl with his help. Plus, he can help us at both end and tackle.
"John [Harbaugh] and I met with him for a while last night, and we especially liked the enthusiasm he showed to be a Raven. It's good to add a quality player and person like Chris to our roster."
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more
about the new features.
The Baltimore Sun encourages civil dialogue related to our stories; you must register and log-in to our site in order to participate. We reserve the right to remove any user and to delete comments that violate our Terms of Service
. By commenting, you agree to these terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.