The Ravens have re-signed defensive end Brent Urban to a new one-year deal, their first signing of a player who was set to hit free agency next week.
Urban appeared poised for a breakout year last season, his first as a starter, but he was lost for the season after suffering a foot injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London during Week 3.
"Beyond thankful to be given the opportunity to do what I love with the organization that gave me my start,"
Urban wrote on his Twitter account.
"2018 is going to be so real."
A fourth-round pick out of Virginia in 2014, Urban has been bothered by injuries throughout his four-year Ravens career. He missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury and missed 10 games the next season with a biceps injury. He has appeared in just 25 of the 64 regular-season games the Ravens have played during the past four years, with 16 solo tackles, nine assists and three sacks.
In the biggest play of his career to date, the 6-foot-7 Urban blocked a field-goal attempt at Cleveland during his first career game in 2015, and Will Hill returned it 64 yards for the winning score with no time left for a 33-27 Ravens victory.
After an impressive training camp last season, Urban won the starting defensive end job over Bronson Kaufusi and looked to be on his way to the most productive season of his career before suffering a Lisfranc foot injury.
With Urban re-signed, every player who started on defense for the Ravens last season is under contract.
The Ravens still have a few more days to negotiate exclusively with their 11 remaining pending free agents; agents can begin talking with other teams on behalf of their players March 12, and free agency officially begins March 14.