John Harbaugh describes Justin Houston’s attitude
The Ravens enjoyed being back in front of the fans at M&T Bank Stadium, but the biggest news of the day came before practice began when the team confirmed they’d agreed on a one-year deal with pass rusher Justin Houston.
The veteran pass rusher was not in practice on Saturday but the excitement about his addition was certainly there.
Houston has most of the team’s remaining needs, supplying a 97.5 career sacks player who is still playing at a high level at 32, as evidenced by his 19 sacks over the past two seasons.
“He’s a proven player,” said Harbaugh. “We have a role for him and he has a chance to really help us. So I’m excited about it.”
The Ravens first brought Houston to visit in April, and Harbaugh said the two have talked a lot since then. Harbaugh said Houston “wanted to be here months ago” and gave his agent and general manager Eric DeCosta props to work on a deal that was delayed for “business reasons”.
Harbaugh recruited while the two sides tried to figure out the numbers. Even cornerback Marcus Peters, who played for Houston in Kansas City for three years, called.
Houston’s Ravens debut will be postponed, however. Harbaugh hasn’t had a specific day yet that he expected the veteran to take the field.
“It will take a while,” said Harbaugh. “He has to get vaccinated, honestly. So, there will be a five-day period, physical and things like that. “