Ravens acquire Vincent, to host Carlisle

OWINGS MILLS --- The Baltimore Ravens have landed their new right guard.<br><br> Former Pittsburgh Steelers starter Keydrick Vincent agreed in principle Thursday night to a three-year deal worth $4.64 million that includes a $1.25 million signing bonus and will fly to Baltimore Friday morning. Ravens officials confirmed the pending deal, which still requires Vincent to pass a physical and sign his contract.

Vincent, who turns 27 April 13, will take the place of Bennie Anderson, an unrestricted free agent whom Baltimore decided not to retain.

"I'm excited because it was a long time coming, and I'm just happy to be staying in the AFC North," Vincent said from his home in Lakeland, Fla. "The Ravens play very physical football, and that's what I'm all about.

"I can't wait to block for Jamal Lewis. I can remember watching tapes of him when I was with the Steelers and watching how hard this guy runs. I'm going to match that intensity and knock people down."

At 6-foot-5 and 325 pounds, Vincent is viewed as a more athletic alternative than Anderson in terms of pass protection but his strong suit is smash-mouth run blocking.

Vincent started 16 games last season for the Steelers after starter Kendall Simmons blew out his knee. Pittsburgh went 15-1 in winning the AFC North, averaging 154 rushing yards per game.

Vincent made the Steelers' 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent in 2001 out of Ole Miss. He has played both left and right offensive guard, and started nine games in 2003 in place of Alan Faneca.

Vincent also considered the Atlanta Falcons and nearly visited the Cleveland Browns, who signed Cosey Coleman.
"The Ravens were very fair to me," Vincent said. "I can't complain at all."

Baltimore held discussions regarding Indianapolis Colts free agent offensive guard Rick DeMulling, but his agent, Ken Staninger indicated that the Ravens never got heavily involved and that he's swapping proposals with the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills.

The Ravens also recently hosted Falcons free agent guard Roberto Garza, but his health was a concern.
Vincent is from the same hometown as Ravens All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis.

"I can't wait to be on Ray's team," Vincent said. "I just want to represent Polk County (Fla.) like he always does."

NOTES: Denver Broncos unrestricted free agent guard/tackle Cooper Carlisle was scheduled to fly into Baltimore on Thursday night for a physical with contract negotiations expected to begin today, according to his agent. Carlisle started five games last season in place of Dan Neil.
"The Ravens said that Cooper would be considered both as a guard and as a tackle," agent Frank Murtha said of the 6-5, 295-pound Carlisle, who visited the Falcons on Monday and has also held discussions with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars. "Cooper is quick and can get to the second level. He can carry a little more weight if they want him to." ... The Ravens are expected to retain long snapper Joe Maese, an unrestricted free agent, but no deal is imminent. ... Defensive end Marques Douglas remains in productive negotiations with the Browns. ... The Buccaneers are showing interest in Ravens free agent receiver Travis Taylor. ... The Browns have not made an offer on restricted free agent running back Chester Taylor.

As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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