Ravens sign 3 former Super Bowl champions to train
Baltimore crows announced 13 training team signings Wednesday, including defensive backs Anthony Levine Sr. and Jordan Richards.
The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec also reported that the Ravens plan to add veteran linebacker Josh Bynes to the practice squad after being knocked out by the Carolina Panthers this week.
Bynes pulled off the Baltimore Ravens’ tackle in Super Bowl XLVII, knocking down Ted Ginn on a kick return as time ended in the fourth quarter. Levine was also a member of that team, although he did not make the playoffs due to an injury.
Richards played in the Super Bowl for two consecutive years as the New England Patriot, winning Super Bowl LII against the Atlanta Falcons in 2017. He was cut by the Ravens on August 23 but failed to elicit l interest of the other teams, to finally land. back in Baltimore, where he played 79% of the team’s special teams snaps last season.
Bynes provides a vital experience at ILB
Even at 32, Josh Bynes proved he still has plenty in the tank after starting 16 games and registering 99 tackles as the Cincinnati Bengal last season, two career highs for the nine-year veteran. He signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2011 after three years at Auburn, spending his rookie year on the practice squad before carving out a spot for his second season.
Bynes started three games for the Ravens in 2012 after bodily injuries to the team’s linebackers and got a starting job with the ILB in 2013, which he later lost due to his own health issues.
The Ravens released Bynes in 2014, after which he spent three seasons with the Detroit Lions and two with the Arizona Cardinals before returning to Baltimore in 2019.
Despite his successful 2020 season in Cincinnati, Bynes garnered little interest in free agency, eventually signing with the Panthers on August 11.
His third stint in Baltimore couldn’t have come at a better time for the Ravens, who need experience as an inside linebacker following LJ Fort’s season-ending injury. The Ravens ‘four currently registered ILBs only have six seasons under their belt, so Bynes’ presence on the practice squad will be invaluable to their development.
Ravens Hope Levine and Richards to mentor young DB
The release of Richards and Levine is a testament to the Ravens’ depth in their high school, as the team opted to keep several young defensive backs on the two veterans.
Still, the two safeties bring a lot to the table with their years of NFL experience, including multiple playoff appearances. Their knowledge of the nuances of professional play will hopefully help rookies Brandon Stephens and Ar’Darius Washington pick up on it quickly.
Levine’s leadership in the Ravens’ locker room has been invaluable in recent years, earning him the nickname “Co-Cap.” His inclusion in the training team was expected as soon as his release was announced.
They also provide reliable depth if the injury situation in the Ravens’ high school worsens after Jimmy Smith and Marlon Humphrey both suffered injuries in training camp.
Smith is expected to return early in the regular season, while Humphrey returned to training today, by Zrebiec.