Ravens sign defensive coordinator Ryan to two-year deal

OWINGS MILLS, MARYLAND (TICKER) —The Baltimore Ravens on Saturday rewarded Rex Ryan, signing their defensive coordinator to a two-year contract.

The contract was first reported by the Baltimore Sun on Friday and was confirmed by team officials on Saturday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Ryan likely received more than $1 million annually.

This past season, the Ravens ranked first in the league in defense, yielding 264.1 yards per game, and were second in sacks (60) and takeaways (40).

Baltimore won the AFC North title with a 13-3 record, but lost in the divisional playoffs to the Indianapolis Colts, 15-6.

Ryan was elevated to the defensive coordinator position by coach Brian Billick in 2005.

The son of former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, Rex Ryan interviewed for the coaching vacancy with the San Diego Chargers, who eventually hired Norv Turner.

Rex Ryan’s twin brother Rob is the defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders.

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Updated Saturday, Apr 21, 2007