Justin Houston, Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a one-year contract

Justin Houston and the Baltimore Ravens have signed a one-year deal to return to the squad for the four-time Pro Bowl outfield linebacker, it was announced Thursday.

The Ravens tendered Houston after the draft – as the Kansas City Chiefs did with Melvin Ingram – to try to get him back to Baltimore.

In his first season with the Ravens, Houston led the team with 17 quarterback hits, but he was credited with just 4.5 sacks, the lowest of the entire season and the drop in his sack output for the second consecutive season. I have come.

Houston, who turned 33 in January, became the 39th player in NFL history to reach a career-high 100 sacks. His 102 sacks have been ranked fourth in the league since joining the NFL in 2011.

His return helped the Ravens address the thinnest position in defense.

There is uncertainty as to whether linebacker Tais Bouzer, who beat Achilles in the final of the season, will be ready to start the regular season. Outside linebacker Jelon Ferguson died on June 21 from the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine.

Before the Ravens returned to Houston, the remaining experienced outside linebackers – Odafe Owe, Steven Means and Vince Bigel – came together for a 13.5 career sack.

Houston has made an impact as a leader in Baltimore, helping the Ravens ’young pass-runners stay after consistent practice. He was nicknamed “Yoda” by Owe, a first-round pick.

The Chiefs qualified for the third round in 2011. Houston has a total of 484 tackles, 165 quarterback hits, 18 force fumbles, 17 fumble recoveries and 4 interceptions in 11 seasons for the Chief, Indianapolis Colts and Ravens.

ESPN’s Jamison Hensley contributed to this report.

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