Ravens sign Graham, Ayanbadejo, McClain, Considine

    2012-03-23 14:08

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens strengthened their defense and special teams by signing a two-year deal with cornerback Corey Graham, a three-year contract with Brendon Ayanbadejo, and a one-year deal with safety Sean Considine.

The team also re-signed starting inside linebacker Jameel McClain on Friday.

Graham, a Pro Bowl special teamer for the Chicago Bears, visited the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings. Graham intercepted a career-high three passes with one forced fumble last season and should play a role in Baltimore's secondary.

In five seasons, Graham has 180 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.

The Bears' fifth-round draft pick from New Hampshire, Graham's 75 special-teams tackles rank third in the NFL since 2007.

The 35-year-old Ayanbadejo finished second on the Ravens last season with nine special teams tackles. He has 173 career special teams tackles and has been selected to three Pro Bowls.

As a reserve inside linebacker, Ayanbadejo had 27 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and one fumble recovery in 2011.

Considine will enter his eighth pro season. He played four games with Carolina and eight with Arizona last year. Considine also has played for Philadelphia and Jacksonville.

McClain, who had a free agent visit to the Denver Broncos, finished second on the team in tackles last season behind Pro Bowl middle linebacker Ray Lewis.

The 26-year-old McClain had 81 tackles, one sack, an interception, five pass deflections and two fumble recoveries.

For his career, McClain has 209 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks and three fumble recoveries.