Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Ravens' Cory Redding signs with Colts
By Jamison Hensley
It's official: There has been player movement in the AFC North and it only took 20 hours into free agency for it to happen.
The Ravens lost free-agent defensive end Cory Redding to the Indianapolis Colts, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. A three-year, $10.5 million deal will allow Redding to join Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who was Baltimore's defensive coordinator last season.
This move does minimal damage to the reigning AFC North champions. Baltimore had two younger players -- Pernell McPhee and Art Jones -- pushing for Redding's playing time last season and they will battle it out for his starting job this year.
Redding, 31, had one of his best seasons last year with 4.5 sacks. He was one of the team's feel-good stories, a veteran who never played on a winning team for his first seven seasons in the league and then went to the playoffs the past two years. He was a popular figure in the locker room and will always be remembered for bringing the bean bag game "Cornhole" to the team (the players have had tournaments for the past two years).
Still, of the three starters on defense who are unrestricted free agents (Redding and linebackers Jarret Johnson and Jameel McClain), the Ravens can deal with Redding's loss the best. Redding was signed two years ago (for a total of $6 million) when the Ravens lost Dwan Edwards in free agency. He served his purpose as a stop-gap player, and the Ravens now move forward with McPhee and Jones.