Marques Douglas visits Browns

OWINGS MILLS -- Gritty Baltimore Ravens defensive end Marques Douglas, an unrestricted free agent, is visiting the Cleveland Browns today.

This will be Douglas' first visit since the free agent signing period began. No deal is imminent, although new Browns general manager Phil Savage is making a habit of dipping into his Baltimore connections having already signed cornerback Gary Baxter to a six-year, $30 million contract that included a $10.5 million signing bonus.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Douglas recorded six sacks and 96 tackles last season as Baltimore ranked sixth in total defense. In 2003 for the NFL's third-ranked defense, Douglas became a starter for the first time and registered 73 tackles and five sacks.

He has recovered fully from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2002 to start the last two seasons for the Ravens.

An undrafted free agent out of Howard University, Douglas has built a reputation as a high-character personality who's extremely active in the community. He's also a quick technician adept at playing the run and quick off the snap despite a lack of ideal size.

With his stocky frame, he routinely beats offensive tackles to the punch and has a polished swim move and a powerful rip technique.

Overshadowed on the Ravens' star-studded defense, Douglas is a bonafide blue-collar worker who can bench press nearly 500 pounds.

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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