Ravens agree to six-year deal with cornerback Lardarius Webb

April 05, 2012 | Luke Jones

Ravens agree to six-year deal with cornerback Lardarius Webb

A day after general manager Ozzie Newsome confirmed they were negotiating a long-term extension, the Ravens announced they have agreed to a six-year, $50 million contract with cornerback Lardarius Webb.

The fourth-year defensive back was a restricted free agent set to receive the first-round tender ($2.74 million) for the 2012 season before the two sides completed a contract to keep the former Nicholls State product in Baltimore beyond next year.

The deal reportedly includes a $10 million signing bonus and $20 million guaranteed.

A third-round pick in the 2009 draft, Webb emerged as the Ravens’ top cornerback in his first year as a full-time starter. He led the team with five interceptions and added three more in the postseason in 2011.

The 26-year-old also did not allow a touchdown pass as opposing quarterbacks held a 55.6 quarterback rating when throwing against him.

“Lardarius is an important player for the Ravens, and we’re very happy he will be with us for a long time,” Newsome told the team’s official site.

Webb also served as the primary punt returner last season, though coach John Harbaugh said on Wednesday that the Ravens would prefer to use a backup in that role in a perfect world. Webb returned a punt for a touchdown in a win at Cleveland in early December.

The Ravens entered the 2011 season with uncertainty at the cornerback position before Webb and Cary Williams emerged as starters to contribute the fourth-ranked pass defense in the NFL. Their play relegated 2011 first-round pick Jimmy Smith to nickel duty in his rookie season, though he’s expected to compete with Williams for the Ravens’ other starting spot this summer.

Speculation persisted earlier this offseason that other teams might pursue Webb as a restricted free agent and be willing to surrender a first-round pick to Baltimore in order to sign him, but Thursday’s announcement removes any doubt about Webb’s future with the Ravens.

Newsome confirmed on Wednesday that the team was also in negotiations with Williams, who shares the same representation as Webb.

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  1. joe of bel air Says:

    Good move on the Ravens part. Webb and Jimmy Smith will be leading this defense in years to come. Bet Ray Rice is looking at the deal and saying hey Ozzie I’ll take the same deal. I am really starting to wonder whether the Ravens really want to sign Ray Rice to a long term deal or will they just use the franchise tag on him for the next 2 years and then let him go.

  2. Sam Says:

    This was a no brainer. The kid has immense talent and is a humble student of the game. What more could you ask for?

  3. Paul Says:

    Ozzie is losing touch. They really overpaid.

  4. Matt Says:

    Good move. based on the league average for good DBs plus he is only guranteed $20 mil plus a $10 mil signing bonus…this is a good deal. From what they have been getting from Webb as far as production…this is a solid signing! Remember…you get what you pay for! Remember how long it took to get decent CB. That year Rolle kept getting burned….McAlisster was nursing injuries…with the changes to the team…we need to create a strong foundation & a Smith…Webb DB combo is deadly plus Webb can play FS

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