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Ravens Announce Signing of Versatile Ex-Dolphin Linebacker

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The Baltimore Ravens have signed former Miami Dolphins linebacker Vince Biegel, the team announced May 16, bringing the versatile defenseman to its fourth NFL team.

Biegel has experience at both center and fullback, which is particularly valuable in Baltimore following Tyus Bowser’s Achilles tendon rupture in January and Chris Board’s signing with the Detroit Lions in March. Biegel will bring depth to both positions and will also serve on special teams following the departure of the board and the resignation of longtime security guard Anthony Levine Sr.

In fact, Biegel’s 751 special teams snaps over his four-year career were likely a motivating factor in the Ravens’ decision to sign him, as head coach John Harbaugh has always emphasized a solid special teams game.

The Ravens’ thin linebacker corps could also give Biegel an opportunity to earn more snaps on defense. Patrick Queen and Josh Bynes are expected to return as Baltimore’s starting inside linebacker duo, but the ongoing recovery of Bowser and 2022 second-round pick David Ojabo has left a void at the outside linebacker.

While Justin Houston’s return would go a long way in filling that hole, he may not be a full-time player in his season at 34. If Biegel can gain the confidence of the coaching staff in the preseason, he could break into the outside linebacker rotation early in the season and potentially carve out a role for himself before Bowser and Ojabo enter defense.

Biegel was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft but only played nine games as a rookie due to injuries. After the Packers waived him in 2018, Biegel started out as a special team contributor with the New Orleans Saints before having a mini-breakout with the Miami Dolphins in 2019.

While the former Wisconsin Badger recorded just 2.5 sacks in his 10 starts and 14 total appearances in 2019, he had a career-high 34 quarterback presses, according to Pro Football Focus. He also received a 75.8 coverage rating, demonstrating the kind of versatility the Ravens have always valued in their linebackers.

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