Redding joins Ravens

Pete Carroll liked Cory Redding. In fact, the Seahawks’ new coach singled out the defensive lineman during his introductory news conference.

It’s just that the Baltimore Ravens liked Redding, too, so he agreed to sign a two-year contract with the team today.

“This will sound a little like a broken record, but Cory is a guy who plays like a Raven,” Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome told the Baltimore Sun during a break at the owners meetings in Florida. “He hustles, he plays with intelligence and he can play multiple positions like many of our defensive players.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh concurred.

“He fits us,” Harbaugh said. “He plays with a high motor.”

Redding did all those things in his one season with the Seahawks, after he was acquired last offseason in a trade with the Detroit Lions for Pro Bowl linebacker Julian Peterson. Redding produced 20 tackles and two sacks for the Seahawks. He sees better things ahead with the Ravens.

“When you talk about how much he admires our defensive style and the way our guys play, kind of being in the mix with all our guys on defense – Ray (Lewis), Ed (Reed), Haloti (Ngata), (Terrell) Suggs – he thinks it’s going to give him a chance to blossom as a player. I would agree with him.”

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