Free Agent Snapshot: Gerome Sapp

Safety Gerome Sapp was a primarily a special teams ace in Indianapolis for two seasons. But this year in Baltimore, he took a more active role in the defense in the Ravens' dime package. Learn more about how this unrestricted free agent could help your favorite team...

Gerome Sapp
Safety, UFA

Numbers: 6'1, 216 pounds, 26 years old

NFL Experience: Starting his 5th season

Has played for: Ravens (drafted sixth-round '03), Colts ('04-'05), Ravens ('06)

Career Stats: 48 tackles on defense, 71 special teams tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 special teams FF in 58 games (3 starts)

2006 Stats: 12 tackles on defense, 10 special teams tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 special teams FF in 15 games (1 start)

Gerome Sapp is congratulated by Ray Lewis after forcing a fumble (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The Buzz: Sapp built a reputation in past seasons as a special teams ace, credited with 44 special teams tackles during his two years with the Colts ... Was more active as a defensive back this year for the Ravens in their dime package ... focused, intelligent player who learns quickly ... "There's no one on this team that every play is hustling more than Gerome Sapp." -- Ravens head coach Brian Billick ... "He's a smart kid. He's tough. He'll tackle and he's pretty dependable. Those are pretty good attributes to have." -- Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan ... "Basically, he's a tough guy who can run, knows what he's supposed to do and he's eager to learn." -- Ravens safety Ed Reed ... ""He's learned the defense, he knows the defense, and he understands what we're trying to get done. He's been nothing but professional. What a great guy to have in your meeting room." -- Ravens secondary coach Dennis Thurman.

Was traded by the Colts back to Baltimore prior to the 2007 season in exchange for a 2007 conditional draft pick ... Majored in finance at Notre Dame and has participated in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at the Harvard Business School  .... Works with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), hosting families who have lost loved ones through military service at Colts and Ravens games, as well as providing financial support to the organization. "...whether hosting the kid brother of an area soldier killed in action, arranging a day at the game for area surviving families or meeting personally with the TAPS children, Gerome has been there for us," said TAPS founder and chairman Bonnie Carroll.

He said it to

"I have a role in the dime package there. Rex Ryan is a defensive mastermind, so they create packages just to get me in there at free safety."

"I'm just a smart player. I think I study well, I retain information well, and the information I retain, I can retain in the fire on the field when it matters."

Check back Sunday afternoon for our exclusive interview with Gerome Sapp!

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