Pierce (elbow) officially signed his restricted free agent tender Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Pierce is now set to make just over $3 million in the wake of a season that saw him grade out as Pro Football Focus' fourth-ranked run defender among defensive linemen and the sixth-ranked defensive lineman overall. With Brandon Williams still around to take some attention away, Pierce is primed to continue his productive ways as the anchor of the Ravens defense. However, it's not clear where the 26-year-old stands in his recovery from a dislocated elbow he suffered in Baltimore's playoff loss to the Chargers.
Pierce (elbow) received a second-round tender Saturday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Extending Pierce appears to be one of the Ravens' top priorities this offseason, as the 340-pound nose tackle has developed into one of the team's key pieces on defense. The possibility of paying a second-round pick might not scare off a prospective team in free agency, so it wouldn't be surprising if Pierce does generate some interest on the open market should he fail to secure a long-term deal with the Ravens.
Pierce won't require surgery on his injured elbow, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Pierce, who got hurt in Sunday's wild-card game against the Chargers, is reportedly dealing with a dislocated elbow. Since he didn't sustain any torn ligaments or bones, according to Jonas Schaffer of the Baltimore Sun, Pierce figures to be fully recovered well before OTAs start up in late April. The three-year vet is scheduled to become a restricted free agent at the end of the league year.
Pierce (foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Pierce was listed as questionable since his only practice participation of the week came in a limited session Friday, but he's ready for Sunday's game. The 25-year-old should return to his starting role at nose tackle after sitting out Week 5.
Pierce (foot) sat out of Thursday's practice and is walking with a noticeable limp, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Pierce is a staple for the Ravens' run defense, although he has just three tackles in three games. If he misses Week 6 against the Titans, expect Chris Wormley and Willie Henry to be tasked with slowing down running backs Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis.
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