Ravens sign Yanda, close to signing another

OWINGS MILLS -- Offensive tackle Marshal Yanda became the first of the Baltimore Ravens' seven draft picks to sign his contract. He was the Ravens' third-round draft pick, 86th overall. Meanwhile, the Ravens are closing in on another rookie deal.

Rookie outside linebacker Antwan Barnes, the club's fourth-round draft pick from Florida International, has agreed in principle to a three-year pact with base salaries of $285,000 in 2007, $370,000 in 2008 and $460,000 in 2009, according to an NFL source.

He also received a $287,000 signing bonus.

The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Barnes is a pass-rushing specialist who registered a school-record 23 career sacks while forcing six fumbles, returning two interceptions for touchdowns and blocking three kicks.

"He's an explosive player," general manager Ozzie Newsome said.

Yanda played for former Ravens offensive line coach Kirk Ferentz at Iowa, developing into an all-around lineman who started at left guard and both tackle positions. He was named second-team All-Big Ten last season.

"He's a guy that can now start to develop as a tackle, but can also play the offensive guard position," Newsome said.

The rookie lineman from Iowa inked a three-year deal that includes base salaries of $285,000 in 2007, $370,000 in 2008 and $460,000 in 2009.

His signing bonus represented a slight increase over the $640,750 over the guaranteed money received by last year's No. 86 overall pick: New England Patriots tight end Dave Thomas.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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