Posted on: August 2, 2010 10:55 am
With starting cornerback Domonique Foxworth out for the season (ACL) and the next two corners on the depth chart – Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb – recovering from their own ACL injuries, the Ravens are in the market for a cornerback. Head coach John Harbaugh was quoted in the Baltimore Sun as saying:
“Oh yeah, we’re looking. We look at every position, but I think that’s a position of interest, without a doubt. We’re looking hard, and there are guys out there. We’re studying the guys who are out there, and there are guys on [other teams’] rosters that we’re looking at. So Ozzie and his staff are looking at the whole gamut, and we’re looking at those guys on tape as coaches.”
Walter Harris was signed a few weeks ago, but the aging veteran may not be 100 percent after missing all of last season with an Achilles injury. Chris Carr, a natural dime back, is Baltimore’s best healthy corner.
Harbaugh said that free agent Frank Walker, who was with the team last season, is a possibility. Shawn Springs is another name Harbaugh acknowledged. The Ravens also took a look at Ken Lucas before ultimately deciding to sign Harris. Lucas had a horrendous ’09 season in Seattle (that’s why he’s still a free agent) but he’s only 31 and just a few years removed from being one of highest paid corners in the game.
Another name few people are mentioning but that should at least get consideration is Fred Smoot. He has starting experience, he can cover outside or over the slot and he’s capable of playing physical.
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Posted on: July 26, 2010 7:59 pm
Two of Baltimore’s top three cornerbacks – Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb – are coming off ACL injuries. Washington is very optimistic about his health, saying his knee “is ready to play”. The sixth-year pro says he worked out at full speed over the summer with fellow corners Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Mike Jenkins. "Man, I plan on being full go," Washington chimed, according to the Baltimore Sun. "But of course, we're going to let the docs, [trainer] Bill T [Bill Tessendorf] and Coach Harbs [John Harbaugh] make the final decision."
Webb, a very intriguing third-round pick a year ago, is hopeful but less certain about his status. “I don’t know if I’m going to be on PUP or not. Hopefully, I’ll be playing. So I guess we’ll see tomorrow,” he said. He offered few details.
It stands to reason that Washington would be ahead of Webb in recovery. Washington tore his ACL in October; Webb tore his in December. Both players’ greatest asset is quickness, so there is no guarantee that they’ll be as effective in 2010 as they were in 2009.
The Ravens have always been a little less dependent on having stellar cornerback play than most defenses, though that could be the Ed Reed factor. Reed, however, is expected to miss the first six weeks of the season recovering from hip surgery. With Ken Hamlin filling in at centerfield, quarterbacks should be less reluctant to attack this defense deep. The Ravens signed veterans Walt Harris and Travis Fisher as insurance at cornerback, though if Washington and/or Webb is unavailable, coaches would likely turn to incumbent dime back Chris Carr first.
-- Andy Benoit
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Posted on: June 17, 2010 6:04 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 6:11 pm
We’ve already talked about the Ravens DB corps today, about how the team added S Ken Hamlin today and about how they’re likely to continue adding to a unit that’s rather unhealthy and rather mediocre.
Bad news for Baltimore.
According to the Baltimore Sun , 35-year-old Walt Harris surprisingly turned down the Ravens’ one-year contract offer today after trying out for the squad the past few days.
The Sun speculates that Harris doesn’t want to play for the veteran minimum, and considering he suffered through a torn ACL that cost him last season with the 49ers, Baltimore prudently might not want to offer a lengthier deal.
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Posted on: June 16, 2010 10:40 pm
Harris, a cornerback, will be 36 in August. He tore his ACL last November. Lucas struggled mightily as Seattle’s No. 2 corner last season. He’s only 31, but age doesn’t matter when your confidence gets permanently shaken.
It’s surprising that Hamlin hasn’t drawn more interest since being cut by the Cowboys. He was a Pro Bowler just two years ago and is still in his twenties. His awareness in coverage doesn’t match his hitting ability, but that’s not to say he can’t be a decent starter (or certainly a fantastic dime back). The Ravens most need help at corner, but Hamlin is the best player in this trio.