The Baltimore Ravens have announced that they have agreed in principle on a two-year deal with former Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions DL Cory Redding.
Redding joins a Ravens D-Line that has recently lost both Dwan Edwards and Justin Bannan. He joins Haloti Ngata, Kelly Gregg, Trevor Pryce, Brandon McKinney, Kelly Talavou and Lamar Divens in the Ravens’ D-Line rotation.
Redding may immediately step in at DE to replace the departed Edwards, with Pryce switching in for obvious passing downs. However, D-Line will still likely be a position the Ravens try to upgrade during the NFL Draft.
Here are Redding’s career statistics, thanks to the AP (via WNST.net):
|Career Defensive Stats|
1:10pm update: Cory Redding just joined Bob Haynie and Mark Suchy on “The Bob Haynie Show” on AM1570 WNST. Here are some of the things he had to say….
-“Love the program, love the facility, love the organization. Respect the men who play there.”
-Ravens were “a perfect fit” for him in free agency.
-“I don’t care what my position is. Just to be out on the field will be fun for me.”
-“It’s gonna be a unique situation” playing with Ravens defense.
-“Can’t wait to get ready to work with you guys and pursue the playoffs.”
-“I love the game of football. I love to compete.”
-“I will definitely do my best” in games against Steelers.
-Cory also told Bob & Mark about his Foundation…The Cory Redding Foundation…visit CoryReddingFoundation.org
If you missed the interview (SHAME ON YOU!), you can hear the entire chat in the Audio Vault at WNST.net.
12:30pm update: Nestor Aparicio caught up with Ravens coach John Harbaugh and this is what he had to say about the addition of Redding in Orlando at the owners’ meetings:
12:20pm update: John Harbaugh just joined Nestor and the other Baltimore media covering the league meetings in Orlando. Here are his thoughts on Cory Redding:
“We’re excited about Cory because he fits us. He plays with a high motor, plays with great energy. He’s a sideline to sideline type of player. He’s excited to be a Raven. We think he’s a similar player to Dwan (Edwards). We hope he falls right in at that spot. He’s a really good player against the run. He’s stout and he plays real hard.”
Harbaugh’s chat with the media will be available shortly via WNSTv.
12pm update: Here are some thoughts from Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome:
“This will sound a little like a broken record, but Cory is a guy who plays like a Raven. He hustles, he plays with intelligence, and he can play multiple positions like many of our defensive players. He’s been a starter at both inside tackle and defensive end. And I am sure our coaches will use him in both positions.”
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