Ravens add depth by signing Ivy, Stills

Veterans get three-year deals, are expected to contribute on special teams

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March 22, 2006|BY A BALTIMORESUN.COM STAFF REPORTER

The Ravens added depth to their defense and bolstered their special teams today by agreeing to terms on three-year contracts with cornerback Corey Ivy and linebacker/defensive end Gary Stills.

Stills, who earned Pro Bowl honors as a special teams player in 2003, has spent the past seven seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. Ivy, entering his sixth NFL season, played for the St. Louis Rams last season after four years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"Gary and Corey provide quality depth for our defense, and they'll be core special teams players for us," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a release. "They bring toughness, enthusiasm and athleticism that fit right in with the Ravens' way."

Ivy has recorded 81 tackles -- including 66 solo -- in 64 games. He also has nine passes defensed, three interceptions, two sacks, two forced fumbles and has made 73 career special-teams tackles. Last season with the Rams, Ivy recorded a career-high 57 tackles from scrimmage along with seven passes defensed, two sacks, one interception and 17 special-teams tackles.

Stills, who was originally drafted in the third round of the 1999 draft, has totaled 80 tackles (41 solo), seven and a half sacks and three passes defensed in 88 career games. He owns the Chiefs' franchise record with 148 career special-teams tackles.

Originally published March 22, 2006, 3:15 PM EST

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