Brown's move likely precipitates the shift of outside linebacker Adalius Thomas back to defensive end, with Brown and Shannon Taylor competing for Thomas' starting position.
Regardless, Brown's arrival immeasurably improves special teams coordinator Gary Zauner's coverage units.
Brown, a 6-foot, 245-pound intense player, had been a valuable reserve to outside linebacker Peter Boulware after excelling as a down lineman in Blacksburg, Va.
He fell out of favor with the coaching staff last fall reportedly after being late for several team meetings and demonstrating a bad overall attitude.
The Ravens appear to hold a strong belief that he's a reformed man to award him this second chance.
Brown had a brief stint with the Oakland Raiders before being released this summer.