Signing Pro Bowl special teams player Corey Graham from the Chicago Bears is a classic Baltimore Ravens move: He bolsters a major weakness for the Ravens, can also play nickel back and likely came at the right price.
Think Haruki Nakamura and Chris Carr, but only better.
"I believe it's a better situation for me and a better opportunity with a fresh start," Graham told the Chicago Tribune. "I gave the Bears every opportunity but they moved on. All around, Baltimore is just a better deal for me and my family."
This isn't the first time the Ravens have raided the Bears to improve their special teams. They signed Brendon Ayanbadejo from the Bears after he made the Pro Bowl as a special teams player for Chicago.
The Sun's Jeff Zrebiec wrote this morning that improving special teams was a priority for the Ravens, albeit a low-key one. Ayanbadejo is still on the market and bringing him back and adding Graham would really give the Ravens' special teams a boost. If it's not Ayanbadejo, there are others on the market that could help, according to Zrebiec.
Ravens fans probably won't get excited about signing a special teams player, but I'm sure John Harbaugh and special teams coach Jerry Rosburg are high-fiving today. This was a great move by the Ravens.