Ravens, 4 picks come to terms

Eight of 10 have deals heading into camp

Pro Football

July 22, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY | JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER

The Ravens reached deals with four more draft picks - including offensive lineman Chris Chester (second round) and cornerback David Pittman (third) - to continue one of the strongest signing flurries in team history.

With eight picks signed or under an agreement in principle, the Ravens have only two draft picks left to get under contract before the team reports to training camp Thursday: Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (first round) and receiver Demetrius Williams (fourth).

Besides Chester and Pittman, who got a $490,000 signing bonus, the Ravens agreed to terms with safety Dawan Landry (fifth) and signed linebacker Ryan LaCasse (seventh).

Chester, one of the most athletic linemen in the draft, could push for playing time at center or guard with a strong camp. Pittman is expected to play nickel back in passing situations for the Ravens.

The agents for Chester and Pittman did not return phone calls yesterday.

Landry, who received a $129,000 signing bonus, could have a more immediate impact than Chester and Pittman. He will compete for the starting strong safety job.

LaCasse, the Ravens' last pick of the draft, will have to make the team on his special teams play.

There are no deals imminent with Ngata or Williams, both of whom attended the University of Oregon.

Negotiations with Ngata should intensify next week once the deals for the two players behind him (the Cleveland Browns' Kamerion Wimbley and the Philadelphia Eagles' Brodrick Bunkley) are complete.

The Eagles are expected to have Bunkley signed by the end of the weekend.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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