It's official: Harris rejoins Ravens

OWINGS MILLS – Keeping the Baltimore Ravens' roster relatively intact was the stated goal of general manager Ozzie Newsome entering the off-season. By signing unrestricted free agent inside linebacker Bernardo Harris to a one-year contract, the Ravens have retained virtually every player who started at least one game with a few exceptions.

Harris, 32, started 10 games last season after Ray Lewis suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, collecting 73 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder closed the season with nine tackles, three pass deflections and one sack in a 34-31 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A former starter for the Green Bay Packers' 1996 Super Bowl champion squad, Harris reportedly agreed to a $680,000 contract that includes a $25,000 signing bonus.

With the free agent losses of quarterback Jeff Blake, fullback Sam Gash and receiver Brandon Stokley who signed with Arizona, Buffalo and Indianapolis, respectively, as well as the unsigned status of defensive backs Robert Tate and James Trapp and return specialist Jeff Ogden, the Ravens have re-signed six of their 12 unrestricted free agents.

Outside linebacker Shannon Taylor, who signed with the Houston Texans after the Ravens reportedly rescinded their tender offer, is the only restricted free agent to depart.

Trapp, who intercepted three passes, is the most likely to return of those remaining three unrestricted free agents. His agent, George Mavrikes, said Trapp has drawn fleeting interest from Tampa Bay and thought any deal with Baltimore was more likely to happen after the NFL Draft.

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