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Jason Babin is a perfect fit for Ravens

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Ravens reach deal with Jason Babin (2:33)

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley explains the team's decision to sign LB Jason Babin as a replacement for Terrell Suggs, who is out for the season with an Achilles injury. (2:33)

The Baltimore Ravens weren't realistically going to fill the void left by Terrell Suggs with a free agent who wasn't on a season-opening roster.

The Ravens, however, should feel lucky they found someone who epitomizes the tenacity of their defense.

Baltimore signed veteran pass-rusher Jason Babin to a one-year deal Tuesday just two days after an Achilles injury ended Suggs' season.

Babin won't produce double-digit sacks like Suggs did, but he will give everything that he's got. Just Google "relentless" and Jason Babin, and see how many articles come up.

He once said that he was cursed off the field by Mike Holmgren when he was in Seattle because he practiced too hard.

In many ways, Babin did "play like a Raven" -- a popular phrase with the team when evaluating players -- while bouncing around seven teams.

The Ravens chose Babin over the likes of free agents Shaun Phillips and Dwight Freeney. When all things are equal, Baltimore tends to go with effort.

Expectations should be tempered with Babin. He's 35 and coming off a season in which he recorded two sacks. This isn't the same Babin from 2010 and 2011 when he was a Pro Bowl player.

Still, the Ravens needed to get an experienced rusher. There were too many unknowns after Elvis Dumervil. Courtney Upshaw hasn't had a full sack in his past 28 regular-season games, and rookie fourth-round pick Za'Darius Smith is raw.

Babin understands what it's like to play for Ravens after spending time in Rex Ryan's defense. Given what was available, Babin is the perfect fit for the Baltimore defense.