The Ravens have signed fourth-round outside linebacker John Simon to a four-year deal.
Simon's contract has a total value of $2.545 million, including a $385,652 signing bonus. The deal includes base salaries of $405,000, $495,000, $585,000 and $675,000.
Because of his gritty style of play, Simon has drawn comparisons to former Ravens outside linebacker Jarret Johnson.
"Yes, toughness and style, work ethic, attention to detail, guys that love ball," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after the draft of Simon and Johnson, who now plays for the San Diego Chargers. "He's our kind of guy. Jarret Johnson was a Raven, and he always will be. So it's probably a good comparison."
Last season, Simon recorded 44 tackles, 14.5 for losses and a career-high nine sacks. In four seasons, Simon finished with 154 tackles, 43 for losses, 20.5 sacks and 10 pass deflections.
"I'm a nonstop motor guy who's going to do whatever it takes to better the team," Simon said after being drafted by the Ravens. "I do my job. I'm aggressive. My mentality: never quit."
At his campus Pro Day workout, Simon ran the 40-yard dash between 4.62 and 4.7 seconds. Simon is an avid weightlifter.
One of the first things he did after arriving at the Ravens' training complex for a rookie minicamp is ask team officials when he could get into the weight room for a workout.
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