OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Baltimore Ravens struck a two-year deal with two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva on Tuesday, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
The deal is for $ 14 million and includes $ 8 million fully guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
After failing to draft an offensive tackle last week, the Ravens added Villanueva to play the right tackle and replace Orlando Brown Jr., who was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs on April 23.
Villanueva, 32, started as left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers for the past six seasons, but would fit into the Ravens’ oversized offensive line on the right side. He placed 18th last season in point block win rate – three spots ahead of Brown (21st) – which should match an attack from Baltimore who ran the ball over to a league-high. 50.3% of scrum games last season.
The Ravens also get a safety net for left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who just suffered an ankle injury at the end of the season and has not played a full 16-game season in his five-year career. . Villanueva made 90 left tackle starts from 2015 to 2020 and reached the Pro Bowl in 2017 and 2018.
This potentially gives Baltimore one of the most formidable offensive lines in the league with left tackle Ronnie Stanley (6ft 6in, 315lb), left guard Ben Cleveland (6-6, 357), center Bradley Bozeman. (6-5, 325), right guard Kevin Zeitler (6-4, 315) and right tackle Villanueva (6-9, 320).
By signing Villanueva after Monday, he won’t override any of Baltimore’s compensatory choices. The Ravens are in line for two fourth-round picks in the 2022 draft after losing Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue in free agency.
The Colts and Dolphins had also shown interest in Villanueva, sources told ESPN.
Villanueva is a former Army Ranger who toured Afghanistan twice. He was part of two divisions, the 10th Mountain and the 75th Ranger Regiment, before becoming an NFL player.
He signed a four-year contract with Pittsburgh in July 2017, and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2017 and 2018, during which time the Steelers offensive line ranked among the league’s best after dropping just 24. bags every season. In his six seasons on the active roster, Villanueva started 90 of the 96 games he appeared in.
One of the league’s most recognizable offensive linemen was part of the national anthem debate when he unwittingly parted ways with the Chicago squad as he attempted to catch a glimpse of the flag during the ‘National anthem. The team had previously decided to stay in the Soldier Field tunnel during the anthem, and Villanueva found himself alone outside the tunnel.
During the 2020 season, Villanueva was once again part of a debate after he concealed the name of a victim shot by police on the back of his helmet along with the name of a deceased Black Army sergeant. . First class who he said deserved the Medal of Honor for saving six soldiers from a burning vehicle in Iraq.
ESPN’s Brooke Pryor contributed to this report.