The addition of Villanueva continues an offensive makeover for the Ravens, who signed right-back Kevin Zeitler in March and then draft Ben Cleveland in the third round this weekend. The likelihood increased that they would sign a veteran offensive lineman after not making a tackle.
Head coach John Harbaugh said Tire Phillips will compete for the right tackle job, but Villanueva is giving Baltimore an experienced veteran as a possible alternative. Villanueva became Pittsburgh’s left-back tackle in 2016 and was named the Pro Bowl in 2017 and 2018.
There was speculation that Villanueva could return to Pittsburgh after hitting the free agency. However, the Steelers̵
Unannounced out of the army in 2010, Villanueva served three tours in Afghanistan and was decorated with a bronze star for courage. He resumed his football career in 2014 when he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a defensive end. After being dropped by the Eagles, Villanueva was signed by the Steelers, where he switched to offensive tackling.
With 6-foot-9, 320 pounds Villanueva, the Ravens now have plenty of size on their possible starting offensive: left tackle Ronnie Stanley (6 feet-6, 315 pounds), left guard Cleveland (6-6, 357), center Bradley Bozeman ( 6-5, 325), right guard Zeitler (6-4, 315) and Villanueva.