Ravens sign NT Ryan McBean

Updated: May 8, 2012, 9:14 AM ET
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com

The Baltimore Ravens announced they have signed nose tackle Ryan McBean, who has been suspended six games by the NFL for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.

McBean filed a lawsuit against the league in which he accuses the NFL of mishandling his drug test. If he loses this fight, he will be suspended from the end of the Ravens' preseason to Oct. 14.

However, the Denver Post, citing two unnamed sources, reported Tuesday that McBean has settled his lawsuit with the league. His suspension has been reduced to three games after he agreed to drop his lawsuit, the newspaper reported.

"We are giving Ryan the opportunity to compete and make our 53-player roster," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "We've done our research and consulted with the league office about Ryan and then signed him."

The Broncos removed McBean's $1.272 million restricted free-agent tender last month after they signed Justin Bannan. McBean, 28, started 21 games the past three seasons for the Broncos. He had a career-high four sacks last year.

This is the latest move by the Ravens to improve their depth behind starting nose tackle Terrence Cody. Last week, Baltimore added Maake Kemoeatu, who was out of football in 2010.

Cornerback Cary Williams has also signed his $1.927 million second-round restricted tender.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter