OWINGS MILLS, Md. The Baltimore Ravens signed a two-year deal with two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva on Tuesday, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
The deal is for $ 14 million and includes $ 8 million that is fully guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
After failing to prepare an offensive tackle last week, the Ravens added Villanueva to play right tackle and replace Orlando Brown Jr., who was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs on April 23.
Villanueva, 32, started at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the last six seasons but would fit into the Ravens̵
The Ravens also get a safety net to left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who is coming off a season-ending ankle injury and has not played a full 16-season in his five-year career. Villanueva has started 90 starts at left tackle from 2015 to 2020 and reached the Pro Bowl in 2017 and 2018.
This potentially gives Baltimore one of the most formidable-looking offensive lines in the league with left tackle Ronnie Stanley (6 feet-6, 315 pounds), left guard Ben Cleveland (6-6, 357), center Bradley Bozeman (6- 5 , 325), right guard Kevin Zeitler (6-4, 315) and right tackle Villanueva (6-9, 320).
By signing Villanueva after Monday, he is not canceling any of Baltimore’s compensatory elections. The Ravens are in line for two fourth-round comp selections in the 2022 draft after losing Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue in free agency.
The Colts and Dolphins had also shown interest in Villanueva, sources told ESPN.
Villanueva is a former Army Ranger who served two tours in Afghanistan. He was part of two divisions, the 10th Mountain and 75th Ranger Regiment before becoming an NFL player.
He signed a four-year contract with Pittsburgh in July 2017, and he was a Pro Bowl selection in 2017 and 2018, during which time the Steelers’ offensive line ranked among the league’s best after giving up only 24 sacks each season. In his six seasons on the active list, Villanueva started 90 of the 96 games in which he appeared.
One of the more recognizable offensive linemen in the league became part of the national anthem debate when he was inadvertently separated from the team in Chicago as he tried to catch a glimpse of the flag during the national anthem. The team had previously decided to stay in the Soldier Field tunnel under the anthem, and Villanueva ended up standing alone outside the tunnel.
During the 2020 season, Villanueva again became part of a debate after covering the name of a police officer who shot a victim on the back of his helmet with the name of a deceased black army Sgt. First class, which he believed deserved the medal of honor for rescuing six soldiers from a burning vehicle in Iraq.
ESPN’s Brooke Pryor contributed to this report.