First, they signed wide receiver Derrick Mason to try to upgrade the
31st-ranked passing game in the league. Then, they added former Pro Bowl
cornerback Samari Rolle to fill the hole created by Gary Baxter's abrupt
Now, Vincent is the Ravens' answer to the right guard vacancy created by the
decision to not retain four-year starter Bennie Anderson. Vincent passed his
physical Friday and signed a three-year contract worth $4.64 million that
includes a $1.25 million signing bonus.
"I'm very familiar with the Baltimore Ravens organization being in the AFC
North," Vincent said. "I'm a very physical lineman. Baltimore is a very physical
team. I think I fit right in."
Vincent, 26, was only assessed two penalties and a half-sack last season,
according to Stats, Inc.
The Steelers went 15-1 as they finished second in the league in rushing yards
per game with an average of 154 yards.
"Baltimore is a team on the rise," Vincent said. "Coming off a 15-1 season, you
always want to play for a contender and I feel that Baltimore will be a
contender this year."
The Ravens had also pursued Indianapolis Colts free agent guard Rick DeMulling,
who was viewed as too expensive. Atlanta Falcons free agent guard Roberto Garza
didn't pass his physical.
At 6-foot-5, 325 pounds, Vincent is viewed as an upgrade athletically to
Anderson in terms of pass protection with enough agility and quickness to block
linebackers in the open field.
"He's an outstanding run blocker, he understands physical, hard-nosed play,"
Ravens offensive line coach Chris Foerster said of Vincent, who started 16 games
last season. "He brings an athleticism to pass protection, pulling, just some
different talents to the position.
"He's a very good athlete. As you can see, he has the size and the strength to
continue our tradition of a physical offensive line."
Vincent will join center Mike Flynn, All-Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden and left
guard Edwin Mulitalo. He'll play next to right tackle Orlando Brown, a massive
blocker at 6-7, 365 pounds known for playing with edgy emotion.
"Everybody has their problems," said Vincent, drawing laughter when asked about
Brown's legendary temper.
Now, the Ravens are likely to try to sign another veteran wide receiver while
also considering their remaining options for the defensive front seven.
Denver Broncos free agent guard/tackle Cooper Carlisle visited the Ravens'
training complex Friday, but no deal was announced.
Carlisle visited the Atlanta Falcons on Monday and has also drawn interest from
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars.
"Cooper's a good player," Foerster said. "We liked his flexibility and
versatility that he showed in Denver. When he started, he did a nice job."
NOTE: Ravens free safety Will Demps was recently paid $143,000 by the NFL under
a provision in the collective bargaining agreement that supplements players
whose playing time exceeds their contract. The money is paid from a pool of
A restricted free agent who was assigned the middle tender, Demps is slated to
make $1.4 million in 2005.
As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.
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