The Ravens made a move Tuesday that last week probably would have brought on the return of defensive end Trevor Pryce, but with Pryce’s departure to the New York Jets Thursday, the Ravens were forced to go in another direction.
The Ravens instead released corner back Prince Miller, the rookie free agent out of Georgia, who is on his second stint with the Ravens in a few months, and signed offensive tackle/guard Scott Kooistra, a 6’6”, 335 tackle out of NC State.
Kooistra was a two-year starter for the Wolfpack his junior and senior years in Raleigh.
Kooistra, 29, has played in 84 career games in his eight-year NFL career, and has started one. He was a seventh-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003, and made his debut against the Broncos on September 7th of that year.
From 2003-2008, he saw action in at least 10 games a year. In 2009, he was waived by the Bengals only to sign later with the Cleveland Browns when they decided to place quarterback Brady Quinn on injured reserve.
He was cut and resigned twice in the span of a week at the end of the 2009 regular season for the Browns last year, and after spending all of the off-season with Cleveland, he was finally cut for good by the Browns on September 4th.
He is expected to provide more depth at the tackle position especially given the injuries to starting right tackle Jared Gaither, who is still nursing a thoracic disk injury, and backups Tony Moll and Oniel Cousins-who also have been injured at some point this year.
Miller, who earlier in the preseason was brought in as a rookie free agent to not only contribute in the return game as well as providing depth at corner, was not seeing much action this year after being re-signed off the Patriots practice squad after the Ravens initially cut Miller when they finalizing the roster in the first week of September.
And because the Ravens signed him back off the Patriots practice squad on 9/15, he was required to spend three weeks on the Ravens active roster before a move could be made.
With Prince Miller still highly regarded by the Ravens, he likely will be placed on waivers with the hope that he will clear waivers and be able to be placed on the Ravens practice squad.
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