Pryce takes pay cut to remain with Ravens

Baltimore’s draft board had Nebraska’s Suh on top

April 23, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

Veteran defensive end Trevor Pryce has agreed to a $2.5 million cut in salary that apparently ensures him a fifth season with the Ravens.

According to the NFL Players Association, Pryce accepted a salary reduction from $4.5 million to $2 million for the 2010 season, the final year of the contract he signed with the Ravens as a free agent in 2006.

Pryce, 34, lost his starting job to Dwan Edwards in October but still led the team in sacks with 61/2. He has a total of 26 sacks in four years in Baltimore.d

There was speculation the Ravens would consider releasing him if they took a defensive lineman in the draft. He spent the first nine years of his NFL career with the Denver Broncos.

Pryce is expected to rotate with Cory Redding, signed last month as a free agent. Edwards left the Ravens in free agency.

Suh at top of Ravens' board

The Ravens had defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska as the top-ranked player on their board.

Suh, a 6-foot-4, 307-pound run stuffer, went second to the Detroit Lions, the first of the two elite defensive tackles to come off the board.

Gerald McCoy went third to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Looking to the second round

The Ravens have the 43rd and 57th overall picks in the second round of today's draft. In the third round, they have the 70th overall pick, and they will select at 114th overall in the fourth round.

Last year, the Ravens selected linebacker-defensive end Paul Kruger of Utah in the second round, which also happened to be the 57th overall pick.

Kruger was inactive for seven of the Ravens' first eight games in 2009. Kruger played in nine regular-season games, starting once in Green Bay when starter Terrell Suggs was out with an injury. His season statistics were modest — 12 tackles, four passes defended, one interception — but the interception was crucial in an overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He did not play in either postseason game.

Perhaps the Ravens' best second-round pick was running back Ray Rice in 2008. He made the Pro Bowl last season as the Ravens' leading rusher. They have unearthed other quality players in the second round, including defensive end Dwan Edwards (2004) and guard Chris Chester (2006).

No player movement?

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Thursday that he has not received trade calls about any of his players.

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