Cornell Brown joins Ravens

The prodigal son returns. Outside linebacker Cornell Brown will rejoin the Baltimore Ravens, a source close to the situation confirmed. Brown was dismissed from the team last fall when he was arrested on misdemeanor drug charges. He was subsequently cleared after the arrest in Owings Mills and went back to school, completing his degree requirements at Virginia Tech. Brown will sign a one-year contract worth the veteran minimum for a player with his experience: $525,000.

Brown's move likely precipitates the shift of outside linebacker Adalius Thomas back to defensive end, with Brown and Shannon Taylor competing for Thomas' starting position.

Regardless, Brown's arrival immeasurably improves special teams coordinator Gary Zauner's coverage units.

Brown, a 6-foot, 245-pound intense player, had been a valuable reserve to outside linebacker Peter Boulware after excelling as a down lineman in Blacksburg, Va.

He fell out of favor with the coaching staff last fall reportedly after being late for several team meetings and demonstrating a bad overall attitude.

The Ravens appear to hold a strong belief that he's a reformed man to award him this second chance.

Brown had a brief stint with the Oakland Raiders before being released this summer.

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