- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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After losing a couple of key players early in free agency, the Ravens made their first free-agent signing, reaching a deal with Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty. That's according to the signed contract he posted on his Twitter. He unfortunately didn't include the terms of the contract in the pic.
The addition of Canty bolsters the middle of the Ravens' defensive line, which was among one of the areas that general manager Ozzie Newsome wanted to address in free agency. The Ravens were unhappy with the play of nose tackles Ma'ake Kemoeatu and Terrence Cody last season and had little depth behind defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.
Canty, 30, brings a huge physical presence inside with his size (6 feet 7, 315 pounds). He was rated the seventh-best free-agent interior defensive lineman by Pro Football Focus.
Considered a better-than-average pass-rusher, Canty was not as effective last season because of a knee injury. He finished with three sacks and four quarterback hurries. Canty also held his own against the run.
This wasn't a splash by any means. This isn't Cullen Jenkins or even Desmond Bryant. But Canty was a popular free agent this offseason for a reason, taking three visits before coming to Baltimore. It was a solid first step for the Ravens.
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