Ravens reach agreement with David Reed

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a three-year contract with fifth-round wide receiver and kick returner David Reed. The deal includes a signing bonus of about $134,000 with a total base value of $1.34 million. That includes the standard base salaries of $320,000 in 2010, $405,000 in 2011 and $490,000 in 2012.

Drafted 156th overall out of Utah, Reed was named All-Mountain West Conference last season as he set school records with 81 receptions for 1,188 receiving yards as a senior.

For his two-year career at Utah, the former junior college star caught 106 career passes for 1,615 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He's slated to compete for work as a reserve wide receiver as well as a potential kick return and punt return role this season.

Reed has been impressive with his ability to run after the catch during offseason minicamps.

"I thought he caught everything today that I noticed," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said during a spring minicamp "He made some radius catches, you know, low catches, high catches, behind-the-back-type stuff. The thing that David's got to do, like any of these young guys, is learn the mental part of it, learn where he's supposed to be, how he's supposed to line up, the tempo of the motions, how far he goes in a motion on different routes.

"I mean, there's a lot to it, so that he can actually think less and play faster. And that's the process all these guys go through, so that's kind of what we're working through now, and I think he's a good example of yesterday to today, he made tremendous progress with that."

As a junior, he doubled as a dangerous kick returner with 25 returns for a 25.4 average.

"He's a crafty route runner," Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said following the NFL draft. "I'm being honest, he was one my favorite guys in the draft. He's got really good hands, really good body control and excellent toughness.

"He's 6-foot, 190 pounds and you'll see him go over the middle of the field like he's 6-2, 220. He'll get knocked back, but he jumps right back up and the next play he's catching the ball over the middle of the field. He's just a really tough, aggressive wide receiver with some playmaking ability."

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