On his Instagram account, West posted a picture of the Ravens logo. In an extended caption, he wrote: "God took me around the world to bang me up so I could appreciate it more being home. Ima [sic] give you guys my all. I love my city. Dreams into reality!"
West, who grew up in Baltimore, was one of the best players in the Football Championship Subdivision with 2,509 yards rushing and 42 touchdowns as a senior, leading Towson to the national championship game. He had 4,854 rushing yards and 86 scores in his career.
But the Cleveland Browns, who drafted him in the third round in the 2014 NFL Draft, quickly came to prefer other options to West. He split time with undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell in 2014, rushing for 673 yards and four touchdowns, plus one receiving touchdown in 14 games.
Cleveland traded him to Tennessee before the 2015 season, and he had 16 carries for 51 yards before he was released Saturday.
The Ravens will have to make a move to accommodate him on the practice squad, which already is at the maximum of 10 players, including running back Terrence Magee. The team's running back depth behind starter Justin Forsett includes rookies Buck Allen and Raheem Mostert.