After the Dallas Cowboys waived him on Sept. 20, Bryan McCann said he got a few feelers from other NFL employers. But the team that interested him the most – and showed him the most interest – was the Ravens.
"I was definitely excited," said McCann, who signed a two-year deal last Tuesday. "The Ravens are a team that's known for their defense, throughout the whole franchise's history. So to be able to come out and for them to want me to be a part of that defense is definitely an honor."
A cornerback and return specialist, McCann might solidify both areas. He returned an interception 101 yards for a touchdown in the Cowboys' 33-20 victory over the New York Giants in Jason Garrett's head coaching debut last November. The following week, he ran back a punt 97 yards for a touchdown in a win over the Detroit Lions.
McCann said he was swayed by the opportunities presented by the Ravens.
"They said I could come in and contribute on teams immediately whether it's on the coverage units or return units," McCann said. "And obviously, we're banged up in the secondary. So it was just a matter of learning the system. That will really be the key as far as how fast I can get on the field."