The Baltimore Ravens have decided to bring back Parker Ehinger.
In a way, things didn’t work out for the Kansas City Chiefs investment in Parker Ehinger. Yet in another way, things worked out swimmingly.
When the Chiefs first drafted Ehinger in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the offensive lineman was expected to come in and compete for a starting interior spot after an impressive career with the Cincinnati Bearcats. That’s exactly what happened during his rookie year when he earned a Week 1 start and overcame an early concussion to start a few more. It looked as if then-GM John Dorsey had done it again.
Unfortunately, Ehinger would hit the wall that season when he suffered a season-ending knee injury later that year. The torn ACL and MCL would keep him out from that point forward and even upon his return, Ehinger was never quite the same. He would stick around for another year, but shortly before the 2018 season began, new general manager Brett Veach decided to flip Ehinger to the Dallas Cowboys for a developmental corner named Charvarius Ward.
Two years later, Ward is now a starting cornerback on a Super Bowl champion, a young man giving the Chiefs a nice cost-controlled asset with an exciting ceiling. As for Ehinger, he’s fluttered from the Cowboys to the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Arizona Cardinals, most recently, to the Baltimore Ravens. Injuries have followed wherever he’s gone, keeping his obvious talents off the field in what has been a very unlucky career.
The Ravens, however, liked what they saw in Ehinger in spurts in 2019, which is why they have officially re-signed him. Ehinger played in only two games for the Ravens but actually started one. Given his late signing, there’s not a clear path for him to the active roster, but he’ll certainly have a chance to compete and earn some playing time as the Ravens open up training camp.