Ravens strike deal with Harewood

OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens have agreed in principle to a three-year deal with rookie sixth-round offensive tackle Ramon Harewood that includes a $74,171 signing bonus. The total base value of the deal is $1.289 million and includes the standard base salaries of $320,000, $405,000 and $490,000.

Harewood is attending the NFL rookie symposium in San Diego and plans to officially sign his contract when he returns.

Harewood grew up in Barbados, playing rugby, cricket, volleyball and soccer. He's the first NFL player from Barbados.

Harewood has fully recovered from a knee injury suffered in early May where he suffered soft-tissue damage. He's expected to be ready for training camp.

Drafted out of Morehouse, the 6-foot-6, 341-pounder was a physics and engineering major who attended college on an academic scholarship. Despite his size, Harewood has run the 40-yard dash in the 5.0 to 5.1 range. He has bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times and has posted a 9-3 broad jump.

Harewood declined the offer of an athletic scholarship because he didn't want to cost a teammate their scholarship.

Harewood played in the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game, lining up at tackle and guard. He was a three-time all-conference selection despite his limited football background.

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