Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce's minicamp got off to a rough start on Tuesday. According to ESPN.com, Pierce barely made it through the stretching portion of practice before Harbaugh chose to have a talk with him that ended with the defensive tackle leaving the field.
According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, the defensive tackle looked heavier than his listed playing weight of 340 pounds. From improving on certain things to ironing out the initial depth chart at a few positions, the Ravens are hoping to come out of minicamps more polished than before. Pierce will be a free agent after the 2019 season, and if he has a big year, he'll nearly certainly be getting a monstrous contract when he hits free agency in March 2020.
"For his own health and safety", Harbaugh said when asked why Pierce departed practice. "We recognized that, and we pulled him off. ..." After last season, Pro Football Focus graded Pierce as the team's top defensive player on a unit that was ranked No. 1 in the NFL. Absolutely. You want guys practicing, ready to practice, physically able to practice. "I think you could probably tell". And if he repeats that performance, the former undrafted free agent could be one of the most sought-after interior linemen on the market. Another strong season with the Ravens could land him a long-term deal with the organization, however he's clearly not off to a great start on that front. Of course, he won't really have a choice, and that's because Harbaugh has said that he'll have to pass a conditioning test before he's allowed to practice. Taking place from June 11-13, the Ravens will be taking the next step in preparation for when training camp begins in the middle of July.