Lest you feel too badly for the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens did win at least one free-agent battle on Tuesday, signing defensive lineman Chris Canty.
Canty, who spent the past four seasons with the New York Giants, picked the Ravens over several other teams, including the Chiefs and Titans. Canty's deal is for $8 million over three years, as reported by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
The Ravens will be happy with that price for a veteran player capable of inheriting a spot in the starting lineup. At 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds, Canty could provide some depth at nose tackle, but he could project even better at an end spot -- the Ravens struggled to replace Cory Redding after he left for Indianapolis last year.
One tidbit definitely worth noting: According to the NFL Network's Albert Breer, the Packers also showed interest in Canty but their doctors would not clear him. Canty had knee surgery in February of 2012, then suffered an MCL sprain in December.
But Baltimore surely had its doctors put Canty through the ringer before the franchise signed him. The Ravens must have been satisfied with what they saw. Grade: B-plus. This is a smart, low-risk signing befitting of a team reputed to run a smart, efficient front office. Canty will help along the defensive line -- and shoring up that unit might offset some of Baltimore's losses at linebacker, too.