The Ravens needed another defensive lineman as part of their rotation after losing Arthur Jones in free agency. Cody, though, will have to fight to get on this year's roster. Baltimore signed Cody to a one-year deal (likely for the league minimum), which allows the team to still draft a defensive lineman.
Cody has been a disappointment as a 2010 second-round pick, but he's young (turns 26 in June) and has experience (56 games played in four seasons). He started 16 games in 2011 after long-time nose tackle Kelly Gregg was cut. But Cody was replaced in the starting lineup in the Ravens' Super Bowl season by Ma'ake Kemoeatu and served as a backup the past two seasons.
Injuries hurt Cody last season. He had hip surgery in the offseason and then missed four games after spraining his knee.
"I can be a lot better now that I'm full-go and actually healthy for the first time in a while," Cody said Friday after signing his deal. "It's going to be a lot of good things this season."
Cody and tight end Dennis Pitta are the only players remaining from the Ravens' 2010 draft class. The others selected by the Ravens that year were linebacker Sergio Kindle (second round), tight end Ed Dickson (third round), wide receiver David Reed (fifth round), defensive tackle Arthur Jones (fifth round), and offensive tackle Ramon Harewood (sixth round).