Ravens' sign Edwards, Darling and Green
Dwan Edwards (Getty)
Dwan Edwards (Getty)

Posted Jul 26, 2004

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens' annual round of negotiations with rookie draft picks is almost complete.

The defending AFC North champions reached accords with three of its selections Monday, including second-round defensive end Dwan Edwards, third-round wide receiver Devard Darling and fifth-round outside linebacker Roderick Green.

Edwards agreed in principle to a five-year contract, and Darling signed a three-year deal at the team's training complex worth $1.41 million. Darling said his contract included a $495,000 signing bonus in addition to base salaries of $230,000, $305,000 and $380,000. "I'm excited about getting that done so I can concentrate only on football," said Darling, who caught 104 passes at Washington State for 1,630 yards and 18 touchdowns. "I've been back here for a few weeks lifting weights and working on my game. I can't wait to get on the field and get things started."

Edwards is likely to become an immediate part of the defensive line rotation. The 51st overall selection totaled 159 tackles, 12 ½ sacks and 30 tackles for losses in four seasons at Oregon State.

Terms were unavailable for Edwards. Linebacker Terry Pierce, last year's 51st overall pick, received a four-year contract from the Denver Broncos worth $2.69 million that included a signing bonus of $1.32 million with base salaries of $225,000, $305,000, $380,000 and $460,000.

Green's agent declined to specify terms for the 153rd overall pick.

"It's a standard three-year deal in line with where he was drafted," said James Selmer, Green's agent.

Last year's 153rd overall pick, offensive tackle Jordan Black, received a three-year contract worth $1.024 million that included a $114,000 signing bonus. Under the slotting principle, both Green and Edwards' deals were likely similar to last year's contracts with minor increases.

A converted defensive end, Green collected 13 sacks and 39 tackles for losses in 23 games at Division II Central Missouri after transferring from junior college.

Sixth-round wide receiver Clarence Moore of Northern Arizona and seventh-round return specialist Derek Abney of Kentucky are the Ravens' only remaining draft picks that haven't agreed to terms. Harold Lewis, Abney's agent, said he spoke with the Ravens on Monday and expects to complete a contract within the next two days.

Quarterback Josh Harris, a sixth-round draft pick from Bowling Green who's slated to be the Ravens' third quarterback, reportedly received a three-year contract worth $982,000 that included a signing bonus of $62,000 and base salaries of $230,000, $305,000 and $380,000

Offensive guard Brian Rimpf, the team's seventh-round choice from East Carolina, reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth $944,070 that included a $24,070 signing bonus.

Both Harris and Rimpf agreed to terms Friday.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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