The Ravens haven’t said anything yet, but Aaron Ross tweeted out a not so subtle indicator that he may be the most recent addition to the Ravens secondary:
— Aaron Ross (@AaronRoss31) June 16, 2014
It seems as though this is more of a tryout than an official signing, however Ross, who is entering his age 32 season, has played with the Giants and the Jaguars in his career, with his best seasons coming in blue and red. Played his college ball at Texas, where he was named the most valuable player of the 2006 Alamo Bowl before being selected 20th overall in 2007.
Ross would add some veteran depth to the competition at cornerback, and with other names such as Brandon Flowers and Chris Houston on the free agent market, Ross will probably come a bit cheaper.
It seems his spot is not guaranteed, and this is the Ravens giving an opportunity to a player they may have watched from afar. But it is a smart move that shouldn’t eat at too much of the ~$4 million in cap that Ozzie has leftover.
UPDATE: It seems that Ross won’t be alone at the Ravens minicamp, and 11-year veteran Drayton Florence will also be in Owings Mills this summer.
Free agent CB Drayton Florence will try out for the #Ravens this week
— Matt Pearce (@Matt_Pearce13) June 16, 2014
Florence was a second round pick in 2003, and played in five different cities over his career. Baltimore will mark his sixth destination, and he will now enter the fold with Ross and the young corners (Brown and Jackson, and to a lesser extent, Seamster) for the third cornerback position.
Florence has 20 career interceptions, and has played both outside and in the slot. At 6-feet tall, he also ran a sub 4.4 forty back in 2003, so there is athleticism to pair with his frame. Granted, at age 33 he is likely diminished, but as a depth addition, this appears to be another solid move.