Boulware signs one-year deal with Ravens

Free agent linebacker Peter Boulware, released by the Baltimore Ravens three months ago, signed a one-year contract to rejoin the team.

Agent Roosevelt Barnes said that Boulware, who worked out for team coaches and officials on Wednesday, had passed a team-administered physical exam on Thursday morning. The two sides had reached an agreement in principle on Wedneday, contingent on Boulware passing the physical.

"The physical went well and he is really anxious to get going," said Barnes, who did not reveal financial details of the contract.

The reunion with Boulware comes as the Ravens are in the midst of a stretch of injuries at the strongside linebacker spot. Starter Adalius Thomas suffered a hyperextended knee last week and is listed as day-to-day. Rookie Dan Cody, a second-round choice from Oklahoma, sustained a serious knee injury the first week of camp. While the injury will be evaluated again later this month, Cody probably will miss the entire season.

Versatile third-year veteran Jarret Johnson, a defensive end by trade, started last week in a preseason game at Atlanta and played well. But Boulware offers an attractive insurance policy and a player who can still contribute as a pass rusher. Even before camp began, Ravens officials, including coach Brian Billick, said the team would entertain the notion of re-signing Boulware, a four-time Pro Bowl performer in eight seasons with the club.

Hoping to dispel any lingering doubts about the state of his health, Boulware worked out in Tallahassee, Fla., last month for four teams interested in him. But the consensus was that he needed more time to rehabilitate from knee and toe injuries that sidelined him for the entire 2004 season.

Released by the Ravens in early May after the two sides could not come to an agreement on a restructured contract, Boulware visited with the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks during the spring. None of those teams, though, made a solid offer to him.

Boulware, 30, spent the entire 2004 season on the physically unable to perform list as he attempted to recover from a knee injury sustained in the penultimate game of the 2003 campaign. He underwent toe surgery last December, the result of a November injury sustained in his first practice of the year, as he attempted to work his way back. He has also had microfracture knee surgery.

He was scheduled to earn a $6 million base salary with the Ravens and reportedly rejected a restructuring that would have paid him $2 million with the chance to make an additional $2 million in incentives.

The Ravens' first-round choice in the 1997 draft, and the fourth overall player selected that year, Boulware appeared in 111 games and started 102 of them. He registered 487 tackles, 67 sacks, 18 passes defensed, one interception, 13 fumbles forced and five fumble recoveries. The former Florida State star has rung up double-digit sacks three times in his career, with a career high of 15 in 2001.