When Pernell McPhee thinks about subsequent season, he solely photos himself taking part in for the Ravens.
Free company is approaching and McPhee isn’t underneath contract for 2021. He is aware of the Ravens have main choices to make at exterior linebacker with Matthew Judon, Yannick Ngakoue, Tyus Bowser and Jihad Ward additionally set to grow to be free brokers.
But, when the comings and goings are full, McPhee plans on returning to Baltimore. At this level, he isn’t permitting himself to contemplate one other end result. He left the Ravens throughout free company in 2015, after spending his first 4 NFL seasons in Baltimore, and he doesn’t wish to depart once more.
“After all, the plan is to come back again to Baltimore and proceed to play some ball, assist win a championship and construct a dynasty,” McPhee mentioned. “That is the aim. Myself and my agent have not actually talked about it but. I have been chilling, taking good care of my physique. I will take into consideration issues, however my thought is de facto simply on coming again.”
With 5 Ravens exterior linebackers set to hit free company, there could possibly be main turnover on the place. McPhee is practical concerning the scenario, however he does not like to consider shedding teammates at his place who he respects.
“I am hoping the Ravens can retain all of them, however free company can get loopy, unpredictable,” McPhee mentioned. “However one factor it’s important to perceive. Whenever you’re taking part in with guys who’ve been within the group and who perceive your system, it makes a distinction. You wish to hold these guys, as a result of they know how you can play like a Raven. I all the time assume it is necessary to maintain core guys – like Judon. He was round Sizz (Terrell Suggs), he was round me final 12 months. He is aware of the Ravens’ methods. You want to hold a few of these in-house guys, these in-house canine.”
The 32-year-old McPhee proved he had a lot left final season, ending with probably the most tackles (34) and most quarterback hits (15) he is had since 2015 when he was with the Chicago Bears. He didn’t put on down because the season progressed, and had a few of his greatest performances within the playoffs. McPhee was an enormous a part of the Ravens bottling up 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry in Tennessee, and he obtained a sack within the season-ending playoff loss towards the Buffalo Payments.