Ravens Sign Safety Bernard Pollard to 3-Year Deal

Dee LetedCorrespondent IMay 9, 2012

The "big" news out of Baltimore yesterday was the Ravens' signing of former Texans' wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones. However an in-house extension could have more of a impact on the team.

The Ravens were able to sign safety Bernard Pollard to a three-year deal yesterday, of which the financial details have yet to be released.

It's moves like this that usually free up some cap space, which is something the Ravens could use desperately. Baltimore was pressed for space before last week's signings of Ryan McBean, Ma'ake Kemoeatu and now Jacoby Jones, this move should help alleviate some pressure. 

Not only is this a solid financial move for Ozzie Newsome and company, but after losing defensive leader Terrell Suggs to an ACL injury, keeps a hard-hitting veteran leader on the team through at least 2015.

In a press conference yesterday, Newsome had this to say on the signing:

“Bernard showed last year that he is a Raven. He’s smart, tough and brings a passion to the games, our practices and in the weight room."

Pollard is coming off a solid 2011 campaign, where he started 13 games, recording 55 tackles and two sacks. He also forced three fumbles and intercepted a pass.

The hard hitting safety is in his prime at 27 years old, and has meshed well with the rest of the Ravens' aggressive secondary since being signed early last August.

The move also solidifies a young, talented secondary for at least the next few seasons. 

A former second-round draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs, Pollard has also played for the Houston Texans, but it looks like he's finally found a home in Baltimore.