The Ravens have re-signed outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, the team announced Tuesday, steadying their outside linebacker room amid a potentially turbulent week.
McPhee, 32, agreed to the one-year deal last week. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. He signed one-year deals each of the previous two years with the Ravens, where he started his career in 2011, agreeing to a $1 million contract in 2019 and a $1.2 million deal in 2020.
McPhee, long a vocal leader in Baltimore, was one of five Ravens edge defenders headed to free agency this week, along with Pro Bowl outside linebacker Matthew Judon, outside linebacker Tyus Bowser and defensive ends Yannick Ngakoue and Jihad Ward. The Ravens elected not to place the tag on Judon or Ngakoue, who agreed to big-money deals with the New England Patriots and Las Vegas raiders, respectively.
McPhee started a career-high 13 games last season and appeared in 15 total, finishing with 34 tackles, three sacks and 19 quarterback pressures. Pro Football Focus rated him the Ravens’ top outside linebacker and second-best run defender. After coming back from a triceps injury that cut short an encouraging 2019 season, McPhee was also ninth on the defense in playing time, playing 43% of the Ravens’ snaps.
Over 10 seasons with the Ravens — with whom he won Super Bowl XLVII — Chicago Bears and Washington Football Team, the former fifth-round pick and Mississippi State standout has 37 sacks, six forced fumbles and an interception.