Report: Ravens sign DT Canty

Report: Ravens sign DT Canty
March 12, 2013, 8:45 pm
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After losing two key linebackers in the first hours of free agency, the Ravens made a key addition to the defense with the signing of veteran defensive tackle Chris Canty on Tuesday.

Canty agreed to a three-year, $8 million deal with $2.8 million guaranteed, and even posted a photo of his signed Ravens contract on his Twitter feed. The deal was first reported by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said after the season that the team needed to get better at defensive tackle, and this move directly addresses that.

Canty, 30, is an eight-year veteran who spent his first four seasons with the Cowboys and the last four with the Giants. Canty, who played collegiately at Virginia, was taken by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 draft.

He has played in 113 NFL games, with 95 starts, and has 19 career sacks.

The 6-foot-7, 286-pounder played in nine games for the Giants this past season and had three sacks but missed the first six games with a knee injury. He played against the Ravens in December, recording six tackles, including two for losses. But Canty was released by the Giants last month as a salary cap casualty; he was due about $6.5 million.

Canty's free agent tour included stops in Green Bay, Kansas City and Tennessee in addition to Baltimore. He reportedly had offers from the Chiefs and Titans as well.

It has been a busy first day of free agency for the Ravens, who signed Canty but lost linebackers Paul Kruger (to the Browns) and Dannell Ellerbe (to the Dolphins).