Ravens sign pair of rookie draft picks

OWINGS MILLS – The ice is melting as the Baltimore Ravens approach training camp. One week before their first practice at McDaniel College with players scheduled to report to Westminster on Sunday, the Ravens accelerated the pace of their rookie negotiations Monday by signing fullback Justin Green and quarterback Derek Anderson to three-year contracts.

That gives Baltimore three agreements among its seven draft picks with four remaining deals to complete with first-round draft pick Mark Clayton, second-round picks Dan Cody and Adam Terry and fourth-round pick Jason Brown.

A fifth-round pick from Montana, Green signed a contract worth roughly $1.05 million with minimum base salaries of $230,000 in 2005, $310,000 in 2006 and $385,000 in 2007, according to NFL Players Association figures. A sixth-round pick from Oregon State, Anderson was at the Ravens' training complex Monday to sign a contract worth nearly $1 million.

Green rushed for 1,784 yards and 22 touchdowns in two seasons at Montana and was voted the Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2003. He's expected to compete with reserve fullback Ovie Mughelli for a roster spot.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Anderson is competing with undrafted rookie Darian Durant to be the Ravens' third quarterback, and is considered to have an edge based on his size, arm strength and pocket presence.Anderson owns 20 of the top 50 passing marks in school history and finished his career with 11,249 passing yards, 79 touchdowns and 57 interceptions.

Although the Ravens have begun negotiations with Clayton's agent, it's shaping up as a slow process for first-round draft picks thus far. Plus, the former Oklahoma standout wide receiver's agent, Ben Dogra, represents four first-round draft picks.

Dogra didn't return telephone calls seeking comment.

As of Monday afternoon, only New England Patriots offensive guard Logan Mankins, the 32nd overall pick, had agreed to terms as he finalized a five-year, $6.4 million contract.

Meanwhile, only four second-round picks have agreed to terms.

"So far so good in our talks with the Ravens," said Kenneth Landphere, who represents Terry, an offensive tackle from Syracuse. "With them not reporting until Sunday, we've still got time to get a deal done."

NOTES: Harold Lewis, the agent for Brown, said no deal is imminent for his client, a center from North Carolina, but said negotiations are progressing well. ... Veteran linebacker Cornell Brown, released by the team after undergoing shoulder surgery earlier this off-season, is working out at the facility and hopes to rejoin the team this season if his shoulder improves. ... Tight end Darnell Dinkins is holding a football clinic and educational workshop Tuesday at Randallstown High School.

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

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