Lyou Baltimore Ravens confirmed this Tuesday the signing for two seasons of free agent, veteran Spanish offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who until last season played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The agreement between both parties allows Villanueva will continue in the competition of the National Football League (NFL) and will receive a salary of 14 million dollars -eight guaranteed-, according to several American journalistic sources.
Following the recent transfer of Orlando Brown Jr. to the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore needed to add a new piece to protect its star Jackson, declared MVP (Most Valuable Player) for the 2019 season. The Ravens fell in the divisional series of the past ‘play-offs’
Villanueva, 32, played his first seven NFL seasons with the Steelers, six of them guarding veteran star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and He was chosen for the Pro Bowl (All-Star Game) in 2017 and 2018.
The Spanish player finished last season in 18th place in the career blocking rankings, three spots ahead of Brown Jr., who ranked 21st.
Villanueva, that nHe was born at the Meridian Naval Air Base (Mississippi), he is the son of a Spanish Navy officer who worked for NATO. Before coming to the NFL, Villanueva, who measures 2.05 meters and weighs 145 kilos, was part of the US Army Rangers and participated in the war in Afghanistan before joining professional football.