Ravens finally sign WR Kelley Washington to deal

May 18, 2009 | WNST Staff

From the Ravens P.R. department: The Baltimore Ravens signed free agent WR Kelley Washington to a one-year contract Monday, executive vice president/general manager Ozzie Newsome announced.

A six-year NFL veteran, Washington spent the past two seasons playing for the New England Patriots. Originally drafted in the third round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003, Washington has recorded 73 catches for 896 yards (12.3 avg.) and nine touchdowns during his career.

“Kelley is a professional who’s been in this system and has had hard coaching,” said Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson, who coached Washington in Cincinnati. “I know [wide receivers] coach [Jim] Hostler will take him to a whole different level. I also think Kelley is good for our guys in that he knows what to expect, and he’s willing to do everything it takes for our team to succeed.”

Entering 2009, the former Tennessee Volunteer has played in 68 career games (six starts). One of Washington’s most productive seasons occurred in 2004, when he totaled career highs in receptions (31) and yards (378). He posted a career-best four touchdowns as a rookie in 2003.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Washington tried out for the Ravens during their three-day, mandatory minicamp two weeks ago.

Additionally, the Ravens waived WR Marcus Maxwell from their roster on Monday.