At one time, Cory Redding was the highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL.
Now, the Ravens hope the seven-year veteran can help them out in multiple spots along the defensive line.
"This will sound a little like a broken record, but Cory is a guy who plays like a Raven," GM Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "He hustles, he plays with intelligence, and he can play multiple positions like many of our defensive players. He's been a starter at both inside tackle and defensive end. And I am sure our coaches will use him in both positions."
That said, Redding is likely to see the majority of his playing time at defensive end, where the Ravens have a void after the departure of Dwan Edwards.
Redding doesn't come without a couple question marks; after signing a seven-year, $49 million contract in 2007, he posted just four sacks in the next two seasons with the Lions. He was then traded to the Seahawks along with a fifth-round pick for linebacker Julian Peterson.
He started just three games last year and had two sacks.
The former University of Texas star also was placed on injured reserve in December of 2008 with knee and groin injuries.
Despite the negatives, however, Redding is regarded as a talented, versatile defensive lineman who should give the Ravens' pass rush a boost, regardless of whether he lines up on the outside or inside.
"Cory fits with us because he plays with such a high motor. He's a great effort guy," head coach John Harbaugh said. "And, he's very excited to be with us, excited to be joining the Ravens' defense because he believes he plays that way. He's been a good player, and I think he'll even blossom more with our defense.
"He's a player similar to Dwan Edwards in that he can play inside and out. He's stout and plays the run well. Plus, he's a proven pass rusher. It's a good acquisition for us."
The Ravens will still likely look to add more defensive line depth in next month's draft.