Ravens ink Williams, Ngata remains unsigned

OWINGS MILLS -- Top draft pick Haloti Ngata is now the Baltimore Ravens' lone unsigned rookie selection after his former Oregon teammate Demetrius Williams agreed to terms Monday morning. Team officials remain optimistic about signing Ngata before players report to training camp in Westminster on Thursday. The 350-pound defensive tackle was the 12th overall pick of the 2006 NFL draft.

The Ravens have agreed to terms with nine out of their 10 draft picks.

The Ravens gained a valuable reference point for negotiations with Ngata's agent over the weekend when Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Kamerion Wimbley -- the No. 13 overall pick -- agreed to a six-year, $23.7 million contract that includes $9.3 million in guaranteed money and a voidable year after his fifth season.
Only two of the 32 first-round draft picks had agreed to terms as of Monday afternoon.

Drafted in the fourth round with the 111th overall pick, Williams' contract includes base salaries of $275,000, $360,000 and $445,000 and includes a signing bonus of over $342,500 for the 6-foot-2, 197-pound wide receiver, according to NFL Players Association figures.

Williams is slated to compete with veterans Devard Darling and Clarence Moore for the third wide receiver job behind starters Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton. Williams caught 162 career passes at Oregon for 2,660 yards and 20 touchdowns. He ranks first in school history with 11 100-yard receiving games.

"Demetrius received a fair deal that represents an increase over what the player drafted at his spot last year signed for," said Frank Bauer, Williams' agent. "He's happy and he's going to be at camp on time."

Aaron Wilson writes for Ravens Insider and the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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