OWINGS MILLS, Maryland – Guard Kevin Zeitler has signed a three-year, $ 22 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The deal includes $ 16 million in guarantees, the source added.
Zeitler, 31, was signed hours before the start of the NFL’s legal manipulation period for free agents because he was cut last week by the New York Giants.
Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said a top priority this offseason was to improve pass protection for quarterback Lamar Jackson, and he backed him up with Baltimore’s first signing as a free agent. Last season, Baltimore allowed Jackson to be pressured on 22.7% of his passes (17th in the NFL).
The addition of Zeitler helps fill the void in the left right guard when quarterback Yanda retired last year. Baltimore never replaced the lineman eight times to the Pro Bowl in free agency a year ago and opened three players (Tire Phillips, Patrick Mekari and Ben Powers) as right guard in 2020.
Zeitler returns to the AFC North after spending the past two seasons with the Giants. Selected in the first round by the Bengals in 2012, he played five seasons in Cincinnati (2012-16) and then joined the Cleveland Browns (2017-18) for two seasons. In 2019, Zeitler was part of the trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns.
Zeitler’s signing doesn’t affect Baltimore’s ability to rack up compensatory picks this offseason because it was a salary cap cut. With pass-rushers Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue expected to sign elsewhere, the Ravens are in line for potentially two third-round composition picks.