Ravens Notebook

The Baltimore Ravens lost free agent cornerback Josh Wilson to the Washington Redskins as he agreed to a three-year, $13.5 million contract that includes $6 million in guaranteed money. The move will likely increase the intensity of ongoing talks with free agent cornerback Chris Carr.

The DeMatha Catholic graduate played at the University of Maryland and was drafted in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks. He was acquired by Baltimore via a trade last year. Now, the Maryland native will remain in the area with a new employer. The Redskins also signed former Ravens wide receiver Donte' Stallworth to a one-year deal.

"I'm happy for Josh," Washington told the Times. "That's a pretty good deal. I would think the Ravens would try to get Chris back, but you never know in this business." Washington isn't going to return, but has been contacted by the Jets, Minnesota Vikings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jets are also in pursuit of Oakland Raiders free agent prize cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, so Carr and Washington and other cornerbacks represent fallback plans. "I'm looking for a good deal so that I can prove myself again," Washington said. "I'm ready to get back to work."



SMITH, DOSS, TAYLOR AGREE TO TERMS: One day ago, Ravens rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith predicted that it wouldn't take long for his contract to be finalized.

The second-round draft pick was correct in his assessment as he agreed to terms Wednesday night along with fourth-round wide receiver Tandon Doss and sixth-round quarterback Tyrod Taylor. No financial terms were immediately available. The former University of Maryland standout reported Tuesday for his physical. Now, he'll be able to hit the field today for the first official practice of training camp.

"I think it will be done quickly," Smith said. "At least I hope so. I am ready to play football, but I know it's definitely going to be hectic. There is paperwork everywhere. They are working hard, so hopefully something will get done soon." First-round cornerback Jimmy Smith is also in town, but remains unsigned. Torrey Smith could play a larger role this season if veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason doesn't return. Mason, 37, is scheduled to be cut today due to his $4.5 million salary.

"I feel like I best be ready if they need me to play that role," Smith said. "Obviously, I'm not Derrick. I'm not a veteran. I am not the leading receiver in Ravens history, so it's a start, but I just have to work hard. People were like, ‘Derrick is gone.'

"I called him up and he was like, ‘Yeah, it's a business and hopefully something can happen where I can be there.' I was really looking forward to learning from him, and he was looking forward to help coach me up. We will see what happens."



KINDLE NOT SIDELINED: Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle isn't beginning camp on the physically unable to perform list. Kindle missed his entire rookie season after fracturing his skull when he fell down two flights of stairs. His condition has improved, but he has complained of problems with his equilibrium and loss of hearing in one ear. As an exclusive-rights free agent, the former University of Texas star pass rusher isn't expected to be allowed to practice until Aug. 4 under the new collective bargaining agreement. Offensive guard Ben Grubbs underwent ankle surgery in May to remove bone spurs and also wasn't placed on the physically unable to perform list. STALLWORTH LEAVES: Stallworth was used sparingly by the Ravens last season, catching two passes after missing the previous season on an NFL suspension. He suffered a broken foot during the preseason with Baltimore last year, but is fully healthy now. Now, he's a Redskin.

"It will be fun," Stallworth said in a telephone interview. "I know Santana Moss, too. It will be a good chance for me to do some things. It's a good opportunity I'm definitely excited for the opportunity. The coaches talked to be, both Shanahans.

"I'm hearing I would have an opportunity to work my way in and do some good things with the offense. I'm not asking for a handout. I just want to show what I can do."

Stallworth enjoyed his time with the Ravens even though he didn't have a major role. The former first-round draft pick from Tennessee is looking forward to his fresh start. "Everything worked the way it was supposed to," Stallworth said. "I had a great time there with the guys I really appreciate Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh for giving me a shot. I won't be too far from the guys, so we can grab lunch some time. I'm excited about this next opportunity and I plan on taking advantage of it."



DICKSON MOVING UP: With tight end Todd Heap scheduled to be cut today, Ed Dickson would become the new starter as camp starts. Unless Heap returns, Dickson could get the job as he'll compete with Dennis Pitta one year after the former Oregon standout was drafted in the third round.

"It means a lot to me that they have that much faith in me," Dickson said. "I've been here one year. All I can do is just improve myself and come out to training camp and just play my game and just try to get better every day and work to get that starting position. They didn't sign anything over to me. I've still got competition, and I love competition."



BURGESS RE-SIGNED: The Ravens signed reserve linebacker and special-teams ace Prescott Burgess to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $685,000.

A former sixth-round draft pick from Michigan, Burgess wasn't given a restricted free agent tender. Instead of paying him $1.2 million, they'll retain him for nearly half of that figure. UNDRAFTED CLASS SIGNED: The Ravens signed up their annual post-draft haul of undrafted rookie free agents.

The Ravens have a history of doing well with undrafted players, including linebacker Bart Scott and center Mike Flynn.

This is the official list: Missouri center Tim Barnes, Syracuse center Ryan Bartholomew, Miami running back Damien Berry, Ohio State guard Justin Boren, Hawaii wide receiver Rodney Bradley, Auburn linebacker Josh Bynes, Tennessee State defensive back Eugene Clifford, Arkansas State defensive tackle Bryan Hall, Oregon defensive back Talmadge Jackson, Arkansas linebacker Anthony Leon, Southern Miss tight end Johdrick Morris, Stillman defensive back Michael Ricks, St. Augustine running back Walter Sanders, Utah State long snapper Patrick Scales, Louisiana Tech defensive back Josh Victorian, Alabama linebacker Chavis Williams, Maryland wide receiver LaQuan Williams and Washington safety Nate Williams.



QUICK HITS:

The Ravens will hold a practice open to fans at M&T Bank Stadium Aug. 6. There is no admission charge. The Ravens will open the stadium at 9 a.m. ... Strong safety Dawan Landry is being targeted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. ... Offensive tackle Jared Gaither is in talks with the Oakland Raiders where he would be reunited with former Baltimore offensive coordinator Hue Jackso

Ravens Insider Top Stories