Ravens sign Daniels, 3 others

Rookies get 3-year contracts

Ricard released

Pro football

July 19, 2006|By EDWARD LEE

The Ravens signed four of their 10 rookies, including fourth-round running back P.J. Daniels, to three-year contracts, the team announced yesterday.

Also, as reported yesterday by The Sun, the franchise released sixth-year fullback Alan Ricard.

Daniels, the 132nd overall choice, gained 3,340 yards to finish his career as the fourth-leading rusher in Georgia Tech history and scored 23 rushing touchdowns. His 16 100-yard rushing games ranks second in school history.

The team also reached three-year deals with tight end Quinn Sypniewski, punter Sam Koch and cornerback Derrick Martin.

Terms for Daniels were undisclosed. Sypniewski received a signing bonus of just over $100,000, Koch got a signing bonus of $54,490, and Martin got one of $49,500.

Sypniewski played a school-record 55 games at Colorado, but the tight end, picked in the fifth round (166th overall), will fill the role of a blocking tight end previously held by Darnell Dinkins.

Koch, the 203rd overall selection in the sixth round, broke the single-season punting record at Nebraska by averaging 46.5 yards.

Martin, the 208th overall pick in the sixth round, had 134 tackles, six interceptions and one interception returned for a touchdown in three seasons at Wyoming.

Six draft picks are unsigned, including nose tackle Haloti Ngata of Oregon (first round, 12th overall), offensive lineman Chris Chester of Oklahoma (second round, 56th overall) and nickel back David Pittman (third round, 87th overall). Training camp opens July 28.

Ricard played in 55 regular-season games since joining the Ravens as a rookie in 2000 and helped pave the way in 2003 for Jamal Lewis to rush for a franchise-record 2,066 yards, the second-best single-season mark in NFL history.

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