Ed Dickson agrees to three-year deal

OWINGS MILLS — Rookie tight end Ed Dickson was a happy man Friday after his agent finalized a three-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens. The third-round draft pick from Oregon received the standard base salaries of $320,000, $405,000 and $490,000 as well as a slotted signing bonus. Because it's a three-year deal, the contract doesn't contain an escalator clause.

"It's a big relief," Dickson told the Times in a telephone inteview. "I'm glad I don't have to miss any time and can get started right away at camp. It definitely is a big moment in your life. "The Ravens are sending me a FedEx package now that all my paperwork is done so I can sign it. They were really proactive and I got the best deal possible."

Drafted 70th overall, the All-Pac 10 tight end caught 124 career passes for 1,557 yards and a dozen touchdowns.

He's Oregon's all-time leader at his position for receptions and receiving yards.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder is slated to compete with fourth-round tight end Dennis Pitta for playing time behind former Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap. Dickson has run with the first-team offense at times, so he appears to have a leg up in the battle for snaps.

"We're definitely going to compete at a very high level," said Dickson, who's training at the University of Oregon's world-class facilities in Eugene, Ore. "We're going to take it to another level. I think I made a very good first impression during the minicamps, but it's for real when you get those pads on."

NOTE: The Ravens have two remaining unsigned draft picks: second-round selections Sergio Kindle and nose guard Terrence Cody.

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