Head coach John Harbaugh has said Tire Phillips will compete for a good job of tackling, but Villanueva offers Baltimore a seasoned veteran as a possible alternative. Villanueva became Pittsburgh’s starting left tackle in 2016 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2017 and 2018.
There was speculation Villanueva could return to Pittsburgh after striking free will. However, the Steelers drafted left tackle Dan Moore Jr. from Texas A&M in the fourth round. Moore was a three-year starter at left tackle for the Aggies, and Pittsburgh is hoping to start immediately.
Not drafted by the military in 2010, Villanueva made three tours of Afghanistan and was awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery. He resumed his footballing career in 2014 when he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a defensive end. After being waived by the Eagles, Villanueva was signed by the Steelers, where he moved on to attacking tackle.
With the 6-foot-9, 320-pound Villanueva, the Ravens now have a ton of size on their possible starting offensive line: left tackle Ronnie Stanley (6-foot-6, 315 pounds), left guard Cleveland (6- 6, 357), center Bradley Bozeman (6-5, 325), right guard Zeitler (6-4, 315) and Villanueva.