Suddenly, the pieces are falling into place for the Ravens defense.
One day after the Ravens officially signed outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, they came to terms with free agent safety Michael Huff. And later on Wednesday, defensive end Arthur Jones and linebacker Albert McClellan signed their tenders.
Jones had been a restricted free agent with a second-round tender, which carries a one-year salary of $2.023 million. Other teams were free to negotiate with Jones, and had he been signed to a competing offer sheet, the Ravens would have had seven days to match. If the Ravens chose not to do so, they would have received a second-round draft pick as compensation.
That's moot now. By signing his tender, Jones is off the market and is committed to a Ravens defense that is retooling since the Super Bowl, with six starters gone but four new free agents coming in. Jones, who turns 27 in June, was a fifth-round draft pick out of Syracuse in 2010, and his second-round tender shows how his value has risen.
Jones, 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, played in all 16 games this season, with six starts, and finished with 47 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks. He also had a sack and a fumble recovery in the Super Bowl.
"Just signed my restricted free-agent tender," Jones tweeted. "It's a wonderful day!"
McClellan made 12 starts last season at outside linebacker, finishing with 42 tackles and one sack. He also had seven tackles and a forced fumble on special teams. McClellan, who broke in with the Ravens in 2011 after spending 2010 on the practice squad, could be an option at inside linebacker as the Ravens look to replace Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe.
Ravens tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson remain restricted free agents who have not yet signed their tenders. Pitta was given a second-round tender, and Dickson an original-round (third-round) tender.