BALTIMORE (AP) -- Marcus Spears likes the way he fits into the Baltimore Ravens defense, and the veteran run-stopper admires the team's ability to be a consistent winner.
So it didn't take a whole lot of negotiations to convince the former Dallas Cowboys starter to begin the next phase of his NFL career with the reigning Super Bowl champions.
"It was an easy process," Spears said Tuesday, one day after signing a two-year contract as a free agent. "It happened pretty quickly, which I was glad about. It's a great situation."
Spears said Kansas City, Jacksonville and New England were in hot pursuit after the 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive end became a salary-cap casualty in Dallas.
"To be honest with you, it didn't take any time after I knew Baltimore wanted to sign me," Spears said. "I wanted to get it done with the Ravens."
The 30-year-old Spears was the 20th overall pick by Dallas in 2005. He has played in 119 games, including 89 starts, collecting 185 tackles and 10 sacks.