Douglas joins 49ers, preseason schedule set

OWINGS MILLS – Former Ravens defensive end Marques Douglas signed with the San Francisco 49ers after starting for Baltimore for the past two seasons.<br><br> Douglas signed a three-year contract worth $4.5 million Thursday to play for 49ers head coach Mike Nolan, the former Ravens defensive coordinator.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Douglas started 31 games over the past two seasons, registering 5 ½ sacks, 92 tackles and one forced fumble last season.

An undrafted free agent out of Howard who plays with a gritty, blue-collar style, Douglas also considered the Cleveland Browns and was never expected to rejoin the Ravens after a six-year stint. The Ravens are shifting from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 alignment.

Meanwhile, the Ravens finalized their preseason schedule.

The Ravens will open on the road against the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 13 at 8 p.m., host the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. and travel to play the New Orleans Saints at 8 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Baltimore concludes the preseason at M&T Bank Stadium against the Washington Redskins on Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.

NOTES: The Ravens are celebrating their 10th year by unveiling a logo, which the players will wear on their jerseys this season, at a press conference Monday that will include former majority owner Art Modell, general manager Ozzie Newsome, kicker Matt Stover and former Baltimore Colts running back Lenny Moore. … The Ravens re-signed receiver Patrick Johnson. A second-round draft pick in 1998, Johnson was on the team for two games last season and didn't catch a pass.

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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