Baltimore Ravens: Top 15 free agent signings of all-time

Steve Smith Sr., Baltimore Ravens. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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Bart Scott, Baltimore Ravens
Bart Scott, Baltimore Ravens. (Photo by Dan Beineke/NFLPhotoLibrary) /

14. player. 26. . LB. (2002-08). Bart Scott

Bart Scott was an undrafted free agent in 2002, which is proof that undrafted free agents are often the most underrated free agent signings. Scott didn’t become a starter until 2005. That’s when his career began to really take shape.

He had 92 tackles and four sacks in the 2005 season. In 2006, he had the best statistical year of his career. Scott put up 9.5 sacks and had two interceptions. He was one of the best players on a great defensive team.

Scott may be best remembered by giving Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger some of the nastiest hits of his career. Scott was a fierce player and he had (and still has) a larger than life personality.

He was one of the most memorable Ravens, because he played so hard and he wore his emotions on his shoulder pads. Scott fit in perfectly with Ray Lewis on a Rex Ryan coached defense and that’s an understatement.

It is important to look at free agency in its entirety. Undrafted free agents can end up being players that are incredibly important parts of the team’s history. Scott ended up leaving the Ravens in 2008 to be the leader of the New York Jets defense.

Scott was one of the Ravens that followed Ryan to the Jets. He had some great years in Baltimore and had to make the list. Any team could have signed Scott after he went undrafted, but it was the Ravens who gave him his chance. It worked out.