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Ravens looking at veteran help in the secondary

The Ravens might have one less week of organized team activities than originally planned, but that’s not stopping them from looking for a little more veteran help for their secondary.

The team held auditions for a trio of well-seasoned defensive backs at their training facility on Wednesday. Safety Ken Hamlin was joined by cornerbacks Walt Harris and Ken Lucas at the tryout, according to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times, with none of the three doing enough to merit an immediate signing.

The Ravens’ interest is likely based on their need for some insurance in the defensive backfield, even with safety Dawan Landry signing his free agent tender on Tuesday.

Ed Reed is recovering from offseason hip surgery and cornerbacks Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb are both rehabbing torn ACLs that brought their 2009 seasons to an early end. All are expected back for the 2010 season but it’s probably wise that the Ravens apprise themselves of the options in case things don’t work out in their favor.

Hamlin started 12 games for the Cowboys last season, his seventh in the NFL, and was released in April. Harris started all 16 games for the 49ers in 2008 but missed the 2009 season after tearing his ACL during OTAs last spring and Lucas spent 2009 serving primarily as a backup with the Seahawks.

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20 Responses to “Ravens looking at veteran help in the secondary”
  1. Nacho Libre says: Jun 9, 2010 2:57 PM

    Why not bring in Ronnie Lott, or Darrell Green?

  2. cutplax says: Jun 9, 2010 3:00 PM

    That will be the worst secondary in the entire AFC, hands down.

  3. bobinpuertorico says: Jun 9, 2010 3:06 PM

    Hello Ravens. If you can find Jared Gaither, you should give the Bills a call. Depending on who you want, you could get one of the Buffalo backups and a draft pick, or you could possibly get a starter (e.g., Donte Whitner, Drayton Florence, although unlikely the Bills will part with them, you could ask for Terrence McGee or Leodis McKelvin). Call the Bills and try to work a trade that can help both teams, but you need to do something before the Bills pick up an LT elsewhere.

  4. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Jun 9, 2010 3:14 PM

    i don’t know much about WaltHarris but Ken Lucas wouldn’t be a bad pick up

  5. ccoolahan14 says: Jun 9, 2010 3:15 PM

    That will be the worst secondary in the entire AFC, hands down.
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    A steeler fan who knows nothing about the NFL! SHOCKING! The Ravens pass defense last year: SECOND BEST IN THE LEAGUE after their bye week in week 7 (you absolute MORON). That is with the ravens having practically no pass rush with their best rusher having the only down year of his career after missing his first games of his career (Terrell Suggs). Wanna bet that he’ll have more than FOUR sacks this year? Oh, and they added Sergio Kindle, who will immediately be a top 3 pass rusher on their team. Oh, and the best safety of ALL TIME will be coming back from injury. But hey, let’s talk about how bad the secondary will be because no one can literally think of a single weakness of the Ravens so they have to invent one. Here’s the ravens biggest weakness: the fact that the league will rig the crap out of their games….that’s it.

  6. kingmj4891 says: Jun 9, 2010 3:18 PM

    Its because they need to replace the union snitch. It was Foxworth a union pansy. Cut him now ozzie.

  7. Ravens sexual assault cases=0 Steelers? says: Jun 9, 2010 3:22 PM

    @ cutplax….really? can’t wait to hear who your favorite team is…probably the worst team in the nfl, hands down.

  8. Free Ben 7 says: Jun 9, 2010 3:23 PM

    What? Does not Deion Sanders want to comeback? That worked out so well the 1st time.

  9. headrush4you says: Jun 9, 2010 3:28 PM

    cutplax says:
    June 9, 2010 3:00 PM
    That will be the worst secondary in the entire AFC, hands down.
    Ever heard of Ed Reed? Offenses are terified solely by his presence. He doesn’t even have to be 100% and he changes the game. Sounds more like our secondary is going to be beast. September can’t come any sooner!!!

  10. 7370355q says: Jun 9, 2010 3:31 PM

    @cutplax no both weeb and washington are gonna be back for the season and webb has the makings of a shutdown corner and has only improved from last years strong showing. so no.

  11. mustbechris says: Jun 9, 2010 3:49 PM

    Frank Walker anyone?

  12. headrush4you says: Jun 9, 2010 3:50 PM

    Free Ben 7 – he had multiple picks his first year w/ the Ravens and even took one back for a TD! He only came in on nickel and dime packages, he obviously wasn’t there to start. Hence his #37 jersey representing his age! Are people dumb? Either say something of meaning or go read some more SI for Kids.

  13. jwill007 says: Jun 9, 2010 4:16 PM

    Is Mike Hayes and Mike Haynes available?

  14. SomeFans says: Jun 9, 2010 5:03 PM

    SECOND BEST IN THE LEAGUE after their bye week in week 7 (cough, excuses)(you absolute MORON). That is with the ravens having practically no pass rush with their best rusher having the only down year of his career after missing his first games of his career (Terrell Suggs). Wanna bet that he’ll have more than FOUR sacks this year? Oh, and they added Sergio Kindle, who will immediately (blow out his knees) be a top 3 pass rusher on their team. Oh, and the best safety of ALL TIME (streaching the thuth a lot) will be coming back from injury. But hey, let’s talk about how bad the secondary will be because no one can literally think of a single weakness of the Ravens so they have to invent one. games….that’s it.
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    WOW! That’s 1 BIG PILE of delusion. Sounds more like a jets fan to me.

  15. Harm City Homer says: Jun 9, 2010 5:03 PM

    Two words. O.J. Atogwe.

  16. ninjapleazee says: Jun 9, 2010 5:04 PM

    Ty Law still wants to play

  17. dabears11 says: Jun 9, 2010 5:27 PM

    And still O.J Atogwe gets no Love …..

  18. Free Ben 7 says: Jun 9, 2010 6:05 PM

    And at the time “headrush4you” i am sure you were one of the Raven hacks declaring that Deion was the missing piece to the puzzle that would get the Ratbids to the superbowl. No playoffs i believe was the result.

  19. Flacco2BoldinTD says: Jun 9, 2010 7:53 PM

    Ravens were the 8th ranked pass D last year…. and improved the pass rush… added a solid vet in travis fisher…. and get webb and washington back…. im not worried about the secondary…. not to mention we already have 2 fine safteys…… Worst secondary in the afc? HAHAHAHAHA

  20. Allan says: Jun 10, 2010 3:17 PM

    Pressure up front is going to make the difference for the Ravens seconday. They don’t have the best in the league, but (what should be) an improved pass rush will take the pressure off the DBs. I am quite comfortable with Foxworth, Washington and Webb. Frank Walker can live up to his last name and walk out of the building for all I care. Good to see they are looking to add lots of competition so we have the strongest back-ups possible. My only concern right now is that Webb and Washington aren’t ready for opening night.

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