The Ravens brought back special teams standout Prescott Burgess on Tuesday. It was the sixth time Burgess has been added to the active roster since the team drafted him in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. He has been waived three times in his career, traded once and placed on injured reserve twice in his five NFL seasons.
Contrary to popular belief, Burgess does not live in an RV that remains parked outside the Castle at all times.
A player the Ravens have to have but can’t stop getting rid of, Burgess has an interesting story, one that is a great example of what life in the NFL is like for players who have permanent residence on the roster bubble.
Here is the NFL story of one Prescott Burgess -- told through the fine print of the NFL’s transaction wire:
April 29, 2007: The Ravens drafted Burgess, a linebacker out of Michigan, in the sixth round of the NFL draft.
July 25, 2007: The Ravens signed Burgess to a three-year rookie contract.
November 14, 2007: The Ravens placed Burgess on injured reserve with a quadriceps injury.
August 11, 2008: The Ravens placed Burgess on injured reserve with a wrist injury.
September 22, 2009: The Ravens traded Burgess to the Patriots for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.
September 28, 2009: The Patriots released Burgess.
October 6, 2009: The Ravens signed Burgess after Brendon Ayanbadejo went on injured reserve.
September 4, 2010: Burgess made the cut and played all 16 games for the Ravens, mostly on special teams.
July 25, 2011: Burgess officially became an unrestricted free agent when the NFL lockout ended.
July 30, 2011: The Ravens re-signed Burgess to compete for an active roster spot in training camp.
September 3, 2011: The Ravens terminated the contract of Burgess.
September 28, 2011: The Ravens signed Burgess after putting cornerback Domonique Foxworth on IR.
October 4, 2011: The Ravens cut Burgess to make room for cornerback Bryan McCann.
October 18, 2011: The Ravens waived offensive tackle Mark LeVoir and signed Burgess.