Denver Broncos

Late for Work 5/17: Reported Pernell McPhee Signing Viewed As Low Risk, High Reward

Signing McPhee – who played four seasons in Baltimore after being selected by the team in the fifth round in 2011 – to a one-year deal theoretically would help offset the loss of Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith this offseason by adding a proven pass rusher to the mix opposite Matthew Judon.

McPhee, who registered a career-best 7.5 sacks with the Ravens in 2014 before signing a lucrative contract with the Chicago Bears, was hampered by injuries after leaving Baltimore and saw a significant drop in production.

“The eight-year NFL veteran has the talent to rush the passer from the interior of the line or off the edge — much like Smith does — which allows Baltimore to mix and match personnel in pressure packages or place younger players in spots that make them more comfortable.

Led by Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, Jimmy Smith, and Tavon Young, Baltimore’s combination of talent and depth at the position is unmatched by many, if any teams in the league.

This, as well as the fact that they didn’t draft a replacement or add anyone in free agency, shows they’re confident in Patrick Onwuasor and Kenny Young as the starting duo.

Young showed flashes of promise in his rookie season and ‘Peanut’ played at a very high level over the final 6-7 weeks of the year, but the Browns and Steelers have more depth.”

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