Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Breaking down Pitta, Jones’ contracts

The details are in for Baltimore Ravens rookies Dennis Pitta and Arthur Jones' contracts.

Pitta's three-year deal is worth $1.58 million and includes a $371,000 signing bonus.

Drafted in the fourth round out of Brigham Young, Pitta received the standard base salaries of $320,000, $405,000 and $490,000.

Meanwhile, Jones, a fifth-round pick from Syracuse, received a bonus of just over $133,500 on a three-year, $1.348 million deal.

The Ravens have five remaining unsigned draft picks, including second-round linebacker Sergio Kindle and second-round nose guard Terrence "Mount" Cody.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Veteran CB spurns Ravens offer

OWINGS MILLS -- Veteran cornerback Walt Harris declined the Baltimore Ravens' contract offer this week.

Harris,35, had a strong tryout for the Ravens where he displayed that his surgically repaired knee is back in working order.

However, Harris decided not to sign with the team at this time. Per our source, something could still be worked out with Harris between now and the Ravens' training camp in late July.

The Ravens have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran safety Ken Hamlin, who also auditioned for Baltimore at a passing camp along with cornerback Ken Lucas.

Harris was out for all of last season with the San Francisco 49ers due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ravens' ex's heading to Texas?

OWINGS MILLS -- A pair of former Baltimore Ravens are auditioning for jobs with the Houston Texans this week.

Veteran cornerback Frank Walker is trying out for the Texans along with linebacker Willie VanDeSteeg.

Walker is an unrestricted free agent. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has spoken highly of Walker, who drew criticism for his tendency to commit penalties last season.

However, the Ravens haven't made any attempt to re-sign Walker.

VanDeSteeg is a former undrafted rookie from the University of Minnesota who spent last season on the Ravens' practice squad.

He was released last week primarily due to a lack of repetitions in practice because of the crowd of outside linebackers in Baltimore.

According to the Texans, they also tried out: former Seattle Seahawks fullback Justin Griffth, who has previous stints with the Oakland Raiders and the Atlanta Falcons, undrafted rookie cornerback Kasey Brown (Northwestern State), long snapper Preston Powers (Ole Miss) and wide receivers Derrick Townsel (Murray State) and Bobby Williams (North Alabama).