Ravens negotiate deals with Harris, Rimpf

OWINGS MILLS -- Completing a pair of negotiations with rookie draft picks, the Baltimore Ravens reached agreements in principle Friday with quarterback Josh Harris and offensive guard Brian Rimpf.<br><br>

Harris is a sixth-round selection from Bowling Green who's likely to become the team's third quarterback. The son of former Cincinnati Bengals tight end M.L. Harris accounted for 9,976 all-purpose yards, passing for 7,503 yards and
55 touchdowns and rushing for 2,473 yards and 43 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-1, 238-pounder was drafted 187th overall and was named an honorable-mention All-American and a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award last season. Along with Rimpf, he received a three-year contract.

Agent Joel Segal, who represents both players, declined to specify dollar figures for the contracts. "Josh and Brian are excited and are looking forward to training camp next week," Segal said.

Under the slotting principle, both deals are likely commensurate with the minimum base salaries for first-year players along with slightly higher signing bonuses to the players drafted in their position last year. Rimpf is a seventh-round pick from East Carolina who was drafted 246th overall. The 6-foot-5, 319-pound All-Conference USA selection is making the transition from tackle.

The deals leave the Ravens with five remaining rookie contracts, including second-round defensive lineman Dwan Edwards, to negotiate prior to players reporting to training camp Thursday in Westminster.

NOTES: The Ravens sold out their single-game tickets in 11 minutes Friday morning. The team said that 500 tickets are left for the Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons with 200 remaining for the Detroit Lions'
preseason contest on Aug. 28. ... The NFL Players Association confirmed that Ravens All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis has fired longtime agents Roosevelt Barnes and Eugene Parker. No agent is currently listed as Lewis' official representative.

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year is under contract through 2008 after signing a five-year extension in 2002 that included a $19 million signing bonus.

Aaron Wilson also writes for the Carroll County Times.

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