According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the Ravens kept another piece around on the defensive line and re-signed Justin Ellis to a one-year deal. Terms of the contract weren’t immediately available.
The #Ravens are bringing back DT Justin Ellis on a 1-year deal, source said. He joined them late, but they obviously liked what they saw.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020
The move was another on the defensive line in a busy week for the Ravens, as Ellis will join Calais Campbell, Michael Brockers and Jihad Ward as players who have all reportedly signed, re-signed or been traded to Baltimore.
Ellis, 29, joined the Ravens in Week 11 and was a rotational piece on the defensive line for the remainder of the season. He played in four games and made six tackles. At 6-foot-2 and more than 330 pounds, Ellis is another big body that joins an increasingly large Ravens’ defensive front.
Ellis was a fourth-round pick of the Raiders in 2014 and later overcame injury problems to be a contributor to the Ravens late-season push for the AFC’s top seed.
He won’t be a projected starter with Campbell, Brandon Williams or Brockers, but Ellis could serve as valuable depth along the defensive line with Ward, Daylon Mack and Chris Wormley.
With six defensive linemen now under contract in 2020, the unit is no longer one of the biggest needs on the team. Instead, the team can turn its attention to edge rusher, linebacker, offensive line and wide receiver depth instead.
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