Boulware passes physical, rejoins Ravens

WESTMINSTER -- Former Pro Bowl linebacker Peter Boulware passed his physical Thursday night and is now set to officially rejoin the Baltimore Ravens.

Hours after the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker's return was delayed as doctors scrutinized the results of his physical, Boulware was at the team hotel reviewing the final details of his contract with general manager Ozzie Newsome.

"He has passed his physical," team spokesman Kevin Byrne. "He's going to review his contract with Ozzie."

Boulware, 30, is expected to sign a one-year, $1 million contract with an additional $1 million in incentives. The team said Boulware wouldn't comment until after Friday's practice at McDaniel College.

Boulware, who was a $6 million salary-cap casualty this spring, impressed team officials in a workout Wednesday at the team's training complex in Owings Mills.

Boulware is the Ravens' all-time leading pass rusher with 67 1/2 sacks. However, the four-time Pro Bowl selection hasn't played since December of 2003 and missed all of last season with knee and toe injuries.

It's likely that Boulware won't play immediately and will be eased into contact drills.
"You don't want to put a player at risk," Ravens coach Brian Billick said earlier Thursday regarding Boulware. "He feels good. We just have to make sure everyone else signs off on it."

The Ravens have designated Boulware as their situational pass rusher in nickel packages and as Adalius Thomas' backup at strongside linebacker since rookie Dan Cody may be out for the season with a knee injury.

"We've always taked about the pressure from the outside and contrasting that with Terrell Suggs," Billick said. "If that's a nickel role, you're talking 15-25 snaps. He's capable of doing more, but we have a lot of assets here to balance that out. If we can use him more, we will."

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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