OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens continue to address their major need at pass-rusher Friday, reaching an agreement with former Denver Broncos first-round pick Shane Ray, according to a league source.
A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Ray will sign a one-year deal, pending a physical. This comes one day after the Ravens brought back Pernell McPhee to help the defense get pressure on the quarterback.
Before the additions of Ray and McPhee, Matthew Judon, with 19, was the only player on the Ravens’ current roster with more than seven career sacks. Baltimore had showed interest in Justin Houston and Ezekiel Ansah before they signed elsewhere.
Ray’s time with the Broncos, which began with such promise, ended on a sour note as he was a gameday inactive for the last three games of the 2018 season.
He played just 33 percent of the Broncos’ defensive snaps last season, finishing with one sack. That came on the heels of 2017, when Ray had three surgical procedures on his wrist before going to injured reserve after 11 games.
Ray, 26, has had just 26 tackles and two sacks in 19 games over the last two seasons.
His vocational life changed plenty as soon as Denver drafted Bradley Chubb with the No. 5 overall pick in 2018. Chubb was quickly put into the starting defense, opposite Von Miller, during training camp and there were few snaps left behind.
“I still have a lot of football left in me,” Ray said after the season had ended. “I think some of my best football is still in front of me.”
Ray, a first-round pick (23rd overall) in 2015, will have to prove whether those wrist surgeries have robbed him of the ability he showed in 2016, when he had 48 tackles and eight sacks in part-time duty. After that season, he was expected to team with Miller as the Broncos’ top pass-rushing tandem following DeMarcus Ware’s retirement.
ESPN’s Jeff Legwold contributed to this report.