BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens are getting much-needed help on the edge by signing veteran defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson.
The one-year deal is reportedly worth up to $5.5 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Addressing reporters on Thursday, Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald referred questions on Pierre-Paul to executive vice president and general manager Eric DeCosta.
"Obviously, JPP's has a heck of a career, he's a great player," Macdonald said. "We'll see what happens."
A 12-year veteran in the NFL, the 33-year-old Pierre-Paul started 12 games for Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, tallying 31 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks.
A three-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro, Pierre-Paul is 8 1/2 sacks away from 100 in his career.
The signing should help the Ravens pass rush, which lacks depth behind veteran Justin Houston and second-year outside linebacker Odafe Oweh. Veteran Steven Meansafter tearing an Achilles during his one and only play against the Miami Dolphins last weekend.
On Wednesday, the team, a Sykesville native and former star at the Gilman School in Baltimore, to the practice squad.
Asked about the prospective signings of Pierre-Paul and linebacker Blake Martinez, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said, "It'd be great."
"I already asked them once, I'll ask them again: 'Are you in shape? Are you ready to go play? Are you ready to run around and help us win?'" he continued. "Because that's what I care about. We're not trying to do anybody any favors here."
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