For the second straight year, the Ravens have elected to bring back a disappointing former early draft pick by re-signing offensive lineman Jah Reid on Thursday.
The 2011 third-round pick agreed to a one-year contract reportedly worth the veteran minimum after four disappointing years in which he managed just seven starts. Last April, the Ravens re-signed 2010 second-round pick Terrence Cody to a one-year contract before the veteran defensive tackle played in just one game in 2014.
After appearing in a career-low four games last season, Reid was placed on injured reserve with a broken hand in mid-December. Originally drafted to be the right tackle of the future, Reid was moved to left guard in his second season when he started seven games before a toe injury sent him to injured reserve at the end of the regular season.
Injuries and inconsistent play have prevented Reid from ever establishing himself as a dependable player, but his familiarity with the offense and experience make him an option for depth during organized team activities and training camp when there is a 90-man roster limit. However, the emergence of James Hurst and John Urschel last season make it far from a sure thing that Reid will make the 53-man roster, especially with a non-guaranteed contract.
The 6-foot-7, 320-pound Central Florida product has played in 39 games in his four-year career and was arrested last offseason on two counts of misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight at a Florida strip club. The case did not go to trial after Reid was accepted into a diversion program.