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Of Course Chris Canty Has Been “Dominant”

Chris Canty

Remember when the Green Bay Packers kicked the tires on free agent defensive lineman Chris Canty and then didn’t offer him a deal? He went and signed with the Baltimore Ravens, where they’re saying he’s been “dominant” so far this offseason.

Late last week, the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson provided this account.

With his towering height and impressive wingspan, defensive lineman Chris Canty is one of the most imposing players on the Ravens roster.

Canty had a dominant minicamp, disrupting passing lanes and shoving offensive linemen into the backfield.

Yeah, we know. They’re playing in shorts and the regular season is a long way away. Still, when is the last time a Packers defensive lineman was described as dominant?

The Packers reportedly passed on Canty because their crack medical staff didn’t like the condition of his knee, even though three other teams passed him in a physical. The knee clearly hasn’t been a problem in Baltimore.

“The knee is not a problem at all,” Canty said as the Ravens wrapped up their mandatory minicamp. “The knee is fine. I feel great.”

Should the Packers have signed this guy? Couldn’t have hurt.

The Ravens are paying him just $8 million over three years and only $2.8 million of that deal is guaranteed. That’s the right price range.

Of course, the Packers went out and drafted Datone Jones, who’s expected to start at defensive end. That should improve the defensive line somewhat, but the rest of the improvement will have to come from within, as usual.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Packer Bob June 17, 2013

    It was never about potential. It was about his injury. Of course he says his knee is great. And as you pointed out, who cares about anyone being “dominate” until the pads come on. That being said, I don’t know what the medical staff saw that lead the Packers to pass on him and the Ravens to sign him. And besides, if the Packers had signed him and then his knee gave out, we’d all be bitching about another injured player.

    The NFL is a “healthy” young man’s game. Draft and develop. You know the drill.

  2. Iltarion June 17, 2013

    Really? This guy again?

    Wasn’t he being a bust for the Giants enough?

    In 2009 the local media all said we should sign this guy, why? So the local media and the fans apparently would have something to talk about.

    The Giants signed him instead – 6 years, $42 million.

    For their trouble they got 9 sacks, 88 tackles and 1 forced fumble over 4 seasons. Yes, a whopping 2.2 sacks and 22 tackles per season.

    After 4 years, finally unencumbered from the majority of his signing bonus, the Giants sucked up $1.7 million in dead money rather than keep the guy.

    So, who gives a royal shiite about how this guy looks in OTAs. The Ravens should be singing his praises to help their fans forget they were raped by free agency in the offseason.

    1. Leon June 18, 2013

      Hey Monty look: actual performance stats. Who knew?

      However, on one point, you are absolutely, positively, 100% right: No one can recall the last time the Baltimore media described a Packers defensive lineman as “dominant” due to pushing a Packers blocking dummy around in a Packers OTA drill.

  3. FITZCORE1252 June 18, 2013

    This guy will miss half the season. Book it.

    You know who else was dominant this time of year? Tyrell Sutton. Did you ever hear about him dominating, you know… When it matters? Pump the breaks, slugger.