OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens reached an agreement in principle with Grand Valley State quarterback Cullen Finnerty, a record-setting Division II star who won three national titles as a four-year starter.
Finnerty told Michigan reporters that he was contacted by a Ravens team official on Monday morning and decided immediately to join the defending AFC North champions. He plans to fly into Baltimore on Thursday from Detroit to take a physical and sign a contract prior to a two-day rookie minicamp that begins Friday.
Finnerty indicated that he had spoken to Baltimore prior to the draft and chose the Ravens amid interest from the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.
Finnerty passed for 9,488 career yards and 92 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-2, 224-pounder worked out with former NFL quarterback Steve DeBerg in Florida prior to his campus workout at Grand Valley, running the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds and bench pressing 225 pounds for 25 repetitions.
Finnerty went 51-4 in four seasons at Grand Valley.
Meanwhile, the Ravens brokered a verbal agreement with diminutive Hampton University cornerback Calvin Bannister.
Although undersized at 5-foot-7, 179 pounds, Bannister draws high marks for his closing speed, ability to block punts and backpedaling skills. The Roanoke, Va., native intercepted three passes last season, returning one 61 yards for a touchdown, and blocked two kicks.
Bannister, who flashed 4.43 speed and a 39 1/2 inch vertical leap at his campus workout last month, had several free agent offers from NFL teams.
Agreements with undrafted rookie free agents aren't official until the players actually sign a contract if they pass their physical. The Ravens plan to release a complete list of undrafted free agents on Friday.
In the past, Baltimore has brought in players on a trial basis for the rookie minicamp prior to either signing or declining to add a prospect to the roster.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.
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