After injuries and health concerns in the secondary led to extensive playing time for Kevon Seymour down the stretch, the Ravens liked enough of what they saw to re-sign the veteran cornerback for 2022.
On Monday, Baltimore announced a one-year contract with Seymour, keeping him in a cornerback mix that could look much different by next fall. The 28-year-old joined the Ravens’ practice squad in mid-September and was eventually promoted to the 53-man roster, appearing in nine games (two starts) and playing at least 40 defensive snaps in each of the final four games of the season.
The 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back collected 25 tackles (three for a loss), one sack, and one pass breakup while playing primarily at the nickel spot. Buffalo’s sixth-round pick in the 2016 draft out of USC, Seymour appeared in 33 games for the Bills, Carolina, and Philadelphia from 2016-20.
With Anthony Averett and Jimmy Smith set to become unrestricted free agents and Chris Westry a restricted free agent in March, the Ravens may experience quite a bit of turnover at cornerback, which could improve Seymour’s chances of cracking the 53-man roster next fall. Expensive 2022 base salaries for veterans Marcus Peters ($10 million) and Tavon Young ($5.845 million) could complicate their standing in the organization, which may lead to some difficult decisions for general manager Eric DeCosta.
The practice-squad contracts of running backs Nate McCrary and Jacques Patrick, center Adam Redmond, safety Jordan Richards, quarterback Chris Streveler, linebacker Joe Thomas, kicker Jake Verity, and cornerbacks Mazzi Wilkins and Daryl Worley also expired on Monday, making them free agents.