Ravens re-sign Brown and Wright

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens agreed in principle to a five-year contract worth $17.5 million for offensive tackle Orlando Brown and a two-year deal for backup quarterback Anthony Wright.

Brown, 33, received a $4 million signing bonus and will have relatively low salary-cap figures of $1.4 million and $2.1 million during the first two years of the pact. "We are very excited to have Zeus back," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "His physicality and temperament is a big part of what we did last year relating to the division title and what we did in the running game. We have all of our pieces in front in place, which is a great way to start the season."

Brown, who is 6-foot-7 and 365 pounds, started 13 games last season at right tackle after missing the previous three seasons due to an eye injury suffered in a penalty-flag incident in 1999. His return means all five starters from last season on the offensive line are under contract. Running back Jamal Lewis gained the second-highest rushing total in league history last season with 2,066 yards.

Wright set career highs in every passing category last season while going 5-2 in relief of injured starter Kyle Boller. Wright completed 94-of-178 passes for 1,199 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 20 of 37 passes for 214 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in wild-card loss to the Titans.
Wright also engineered the greatest comeback in franchise history as the Ravens pulled out a 41-24 second-half deficit to win 44-41 in overtime.

"I said at the beginning of free agency that signing a backup quarterback could be the most important player we sign," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "Anthony Wright showed that last season when he came in for the injured Kyle Boller and helped us to a division title."

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