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Ravens re-sign special-teams ace Ayanbadejo

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The Ravens have re-signed LB Brendon Ayanbadejo to a three-year deal, a move that gives the team depth at an important position and improves their special teams as well.

Ayanbadejo is set to enter his fifth season with the Ravens. Last season, he played in all 16 games, recording 35 tackles and 1½ sacks. Nine of those tackles came on special teams, as did a fumble recovery.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Ayanbadejo will join new Ravens CB Corey Graham — who had 11 special-teams tackles for the Bears in 2011 — to help make Baltimore one of the top kickoff- and punt-coverage units in the NFL.

"He’s our leader on special teams, and we needed him back,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s valuable to everything we do on [special] teams. And, adding Corey (Graham) and Sean (Considine) to those groups will help Brendon, who was double-teamed on most plays last season.
“The other good thing with Brendon is that he’s a real factor on our defense with our sub-packages. His development in that area exceeded what we originally expected when we first signed him as the top special-teams’ player.”

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