Ravens bring in pair of pass rushers

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens have scheduled visits with a pair of hybrid 3-4 outside linebacker/defensive end candidates.

University of Tennessee defensive end Robert Ayers and University of Richmond defensive end Lawrence Sidbury are slated to meet with Ravens team officials, according to their respective agents.

Ayers is a 6-foot-3, 272-pound All-Southeastern Conference selection who recorded a career-high 49 tackles and 15 1/2 tackles for losses last season with three sacks. At the NFL scouting combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.77 seconds.

According to his agent, Ayers has also visited the Buffalo Bills and has future visits scheduled with the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles.

Ayers was arrested in 2005 for aggravated assault and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, per published reports, but hasn't been in trouble since.

Ravens linebackers coach Vic Fangio attended Sidbury's campus workout that drew 31 NFL teams, according to school officials.

At the scouting combine, the 6-2, 265-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds. He bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times and registered a 35-inch vertical leap.

Sidbury was limited to 7 1/2 sacks last season, but his size-speed ratio is evidently intriguing to NFL teams.

Sidbury also has visits set up with the Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans, per NFL.com.

NOTES: The Ravens have agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Todd Bouman, his agent confirmed Tuesday night.

"Happy to be back and excited to get to work," said agent Gary Uberstine in an e-mail to Ravens Insider

Bouman, 36, was on the roster last season as the third quarterback for the majority of the year, but didn't play in any games. He was behind Joe Flacco and Troy Smith on the depth chart.

According to NFL.com, Bouman has passed for 1,683 career yards, 11 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He entered the league in 1997 after playing collegiately at St. Cloud State (Minn.). ...

The Ravens have reportedly made a contract offer to free agent offensive tackle Orlando Pace, according to the Chicago Tribune, but the seven-time Pro Bowl blocker has yet to accept it.

Pace visited the Bears this week after meeting recently with Ravens team officials.

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


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