The Ravens fired back today, but it’s hardly the move everyone expected.
A few hours after losing Bart Scott to the NY Jets, Ozzie Newsome solidified his team’s defensive backfield by adding 4-year NFL veteran cornerback Domonique Foxworth.
Reports are that Foxworth’s deal is worth $28 million, including $16 million of guaranteed monies.
In a related salary-cap move today, the club, as I alluded to in yesterday’s blog, parted company with DE Marques Douglas, shaving $2.4 million off the team’s 2009 cap figure with no “dead money” on the back end.
However, in acquiring Douglas just prior to the start of the ’08 season, the Ravens gave up a 7th round pick in ’09 and a conditional pick in 2010, so this wasn’t one of Newsome’s finer moments, giving away a draft pick and paying a part-time player a million bucks for a season’s worth of work.
Foxworth went to Western Tech in Baltimore and attended the University of Maryland.
As I discussed during Friday’s edition of The Comcast Morning Show, I’m not of the opinion that Foxworth is a starting cornerback in the league. Then again, I’m not the GM of the team. And, with today’s signing and $16 million worth of guaranteed monies, Foxworth is, now, a starting cornerback in the league. You don’t pay back-ups that kind of money. Could this also mean the end of the road for Samari Rolle? Stick around, there’s more news to come, I’m sure.