He may not have been the most needed player that the Baltimore Ravens needed to bring in, but certainly former Texans safety Bernard Pollard’s addition Wednesday night to the Ravens doesn’t make the team worse than it was earlier in the week.
The Baltimore Ravens signed Pollard to a two-year contract, executive vice president/general manager Ozzie Newsome announced Thursday afternoon.
Pollard (6-1, 224), a 2006 second-round selection (54th overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs, has played in five NFL seasons, including the last two with the Houston Texans. In 2010, he led the Texans in both tackles (111) and forced fumbles (four), while adding 2.5 sacks (-14 yards).
Prior to joining Houston as a free agent in 2009, Pollard played in 48 games (31 starts) with the Chiefs.
Pollard joined Drew Forrester Thursday morning from Owings Mills-and he said that he knows he will fit right in with the physicality of this Ravens defense.
“That definitely is my style of football,” Pollard told Forrester. “Any time you come onto a team like this with future Hall of Famers, it’s a big deal.”
Pollard-who at first glance appeared to be brought in as the backup to Tom Zbikowski or Haruki Nakamura-may now immediately start at strong safety opposite Ed Reed.
The opportunity to play next to Reed was just too much of an opportunity to pass up on for Pollard.
“I was a free agent,” Pollard said, “and the biggest thing for me was going to a team that would use the strong safety position and do the right things with it. But being around some of the players on this team, it’s honestly one of those things you can’t pass up. I saw it and honestly, I wanted it.”
Pollard is very comparable to the likes of the departed Dawan Landry, who signed a five-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is a poor in pass coverage in the open field, but what he brings to the table controlling the middle of the field and having a hard-hitting mentality is probably what had the Ravens interested in his services.
He got the nickname, “Bonecrusher” while playing at the University of Purdue.
Pollard may be most known for his low hit on Tom Brady in the opener of 2008 that forced Brady to miss the entire season with a torn knee. It was after Pollard’s hit that the NFL ruled players could no longer dive at a quarterback’s legs; hence the “Brady Rule” was created.
But despite the NFL cracking down on play like Pollard’s, he told Forrester nothing will change how he plays the game of football. It’s because he knows as soon as he loosens up, he’ll be out of a job.
“You can’t be hesitant the way you play,” Pollard said. “If I hit somebody with the crown of my head, I’m sorry- I’m sure they’ll take money out of my check-but I can’t let you run around. The way I play…as soon as you come to the white line, I am going to hit you. That’s my style.”
In 76 career games (59 starts), Pollard has amassed 402 tackles (324 solo), 5.0 sacks (-28.5 yards), seven interceptions (144 yards – one touchdown return), 27 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.
“One thing-I am ready to come here and play,” Pollard said. “I am coming to do whatever it I can to help this team win.”
Bernard Pollard joined Drew Forrester this morning on “The Morning Reaction!” Check out the conversation at the BuyaToyota.com Audio Vault: http://t.co/QZ04iu0
-Information compiled from team release-