OWINGS MILLS, MD — On Tuesday, the Baltimore Ravens got a head start to the free agency period when they reached an agreement with defensive tackle Brent Urban on a new one-year contract worth up to $2.35 million, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Urban, a 2014 fourth-round pick out of Virginia, was the only original starter from the 2017 Ravens’ defense that was scheduled to enter free agency at the start of the new league year. During the Ravens’ week 3 defeat against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, Urban suffered a season-ending Lisfranc foot injury that abruptly ended a promising year. Urban flashed throughout the 2017 preseason and solidified a starting spot to take over for Lawrence Guy, now with the Patriots.
In his first four NFL seasons, Urban has suffered a torn ACL, a torn biceps, and the Lisfranc injury. The ailments have forced Urban to miss 39 combined games, more than the amount of contests Urban has actually played in to-date, 25. In that limited action, Urban recorded 16 tackles, three sacks, and three passes defensed. He also blocked two field goals, including one against Cleveland in 2015 that turned into a game-winning return by safety Will Hill.
It’s hard to determine how significant of a signing this is, because the Ravens have not gotten any significant production out of Urban since the team drafted him. However, when healthy, Urban proved his ability to make plays and force defenses to game-plan around him. This is a cheap “prove it” signing that awards Urban another chance to prove himself before potentially hitting the market in 2019. The Ravens knew that due to Urban’s injury history, there would not be a lot of demand for him. Now they have a low-risk, potentially high-reward signing if Urban can stay on the field.
After the news broke, Urban took to Twitter to express his gratitude for another opportunity with the team that brought him into the NFL.
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