Cory Redding has signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens after spending one season in Seattle. Redding was acquire from the Detroit Lions last year in exchange for linebacker Julian Peterson; his contract was later restructured to a one-year deal that made him eligible for free agency this offseason.
This deal doesn’t come as a surprise, but only thins the depth even more at defensive end. It is quite obvious the Seahawks will spend at least a pick or two on defensive linemen in April’s draft – the defensive ends currently on the roster are Chris Clemons, Lawrence Jackson, Rickey Foley, Nick Reed, and Patrick Kerney.
Redding wasn’t a natural defensive end – he spent most of his time in Detroit playing the three- and one-technique tackle positions – but seemed to project well as a sturdy, strong-side defensive end in Seattle’s 4-3 alignment. Redding had an amazing training camp which led to optimism for the upcoming season, but disappeared once the games started counting. He finished the year with only two sacks, the first coming in the tenth game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Not many people expected Redding to return after a disappointing season. He likely heads to Baltimore as a 3-4 defensive end, a good position for him given his size and strength. After Dwan Edwards signed with Buffalo, the Ravens needed to find a capable replacement for their defensive line.