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Ravens sign NT Kemoeatu

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The Ravens and nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu agreed to a one-year deal.

Kemoeatu, 33, began his career with the Ravens but did not play in the NFL last season. He first signed as rookie free agent in 2002 and played in 61 games over four seasons in Baltimore.

He played with Carolina (2006-09) and Washington (2010-11) but has been slowed by Achilles and knee injuries.

"Maake will be given an opportunity to make our 53-man roster, and if he does, he will provide added depth on our D-line and help our ability to stop the run," general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a release Wednesday.

Kemoeatu started 40 games for the Panthers. He missed the 2009 season because of a ruptured Achilles sustained during training camp. Kemoeatu then signed with the Washington Redskins in 2010 and played in 14 games (12 starts).

"When we signed Maake as a rookie free agent in 2002, he really rose to the occasion and worked his way into becoming a highly-regarded player in Baltimore and throughout the league," director of pro personnel Vincent Newsome stated. "He is incredibly strong -- someone who has heavy hands and great punch. For a guy his size, he also moves really well and creates separation."

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