It’s a familiar feeling among Baltimore Ravens fans. Another under-the-radar player who developed in the Ravens system has garnered much attention in the free-agent market. A year ago it was Arthur Jones, two years ago, following the Super Bowl victory, it was Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe. Now another Ravens pass-rusher has inked a big deal.
Pernell McPhee, 26, had a standout year with the 2014 Ravens, posting 7.5 sacks and playing nearly 50% of the defensive snaps while backing up Pro-Bowlers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. He has the size and versatility to play everything from outside linebacker to defensive end to nose tackle.
According to reports from our media partner the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson and other sources, it seems McPhee is off to play in Chicago. The deal is reportedly worth $40 million over 5 years with almost $16 million guaranteed.
The Baltimore Ravens are currently dealing with some salary cap issues and working on restructuring contracts to make room to fill vacancies left by players they can no longer afford to keep in free agency. They’ve already cut Jacoby Jones, who will play with with San Diego in 2015, Justin Forsett is weighing his options and Torrey Smith has said his goodbyes to Baltimore.
McPhee cannot officially sign until free agency begins Tuesday March 10 at 4 p.m. ET.