OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore Ravens reached a two-year deal with a two-time Pro Bowl deal with Alejandro Villanueva on Tuesday, sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
The deal is valued at $ 14 million and includes $ 8 million fully guaranteed, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
After not drafting an offensive fight last week, the Ravens added Villanueva to play the right fight and replaced Orlando Brown Jr., who was traded with the Kansas City Chiefs on April 23.
Villanueva, 32, has started with a left-wing battle for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the past six seasons. But it would suit Ravens̵7; larger offensive line on the right.He was ranked 18th last season in the block run win rate – three points higher than Brown (21st) – which should have entered. With attacking Baltimore that dominated the league’s top 50.3% of the league’s play against last season.
Ravens also received a safety net for fighting left Ronnie Stanley, who was coming from an ankle injury at the end of the season and had not played a full 16 games in his five-year career. Tackled on the left from 2015 to 2020 and arrived in the Pro Bowl in 2017 and 2018.
This could make Baltimore one of the most formidable offensive lines in the league, with tackles with left Ronnie Stanley (6ft 6,315 pounds), Ben Cleveland (6-6, 357), center-forward Bracken. Rudley Bozeman (6-5, 325), right defender Kevin Seitler (6-4, 315) and right attacker Villanueva (6-9, 320).
With Villanueva signing after Monday, he will not dismiss any of Baltimore’s compensation options.The Ravens are in the fourth-round two-round defense in the 2022 draft after losing to Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue in free agency.
The Colts and Dolphins have also expressed interest in Villanueva, a source told ESPN.
Villanueva is a former Army Ranger who serves two tours in Afghanistan. He was part of two divisions, 10 Mountain and 75th Ranger Regiment before becoming an NFL player.
He signed a four-year contract with Pittsburgh in July 2017 and he was selected as a Pro Bowl in 2017 and 2018, during which time the Steelers’ offensive line was ranked their best. The league surrenders after just 24 sacks each season. In his six seasons on an active roster, Villanueva has started 90 out of 96 games in which he has appeared.
One of the more recognizable offensive lines in the league became part of the national anthem debate when he inadvertently separated from the Chicago squad as he tried to glimpse the anthems during the national anthem. Earlier, the crew decided to stay in the Soldier Field tunnel between Anthem and Villanueva, ending up standing alone outside the tunnel.
During the 2020 season, Villanueva again became part of the debate after he concealed the name of the victim of a police shooting on the back of a helmet with the name of the first-class late Black Army Sgt, which he believes deserves the Medal of Honor for Save six soldiers from a burnt car in Iraq.
ESPN’s Brooke Pryor contributed to this report.