Instead of trimming down their roster like most teams in the NFL are doing now, the Ravens made a move Tuesday night to bolster their already depleted secondary by acquiring Seattle Seahawks CB Josh Wilson for a conditional fifth round pick in the 2011 Draft.
The Ravens were in desperate need for secondary help, as starting corner Domonique Foxworth-a fellow Maryland Terrapin teammate of Wilson’s, tore his ACL in a walk-through the day before the Ravens veterans were scheduled to open training camp.
The Ravens also had two others starters coming back from knee injuries last year in Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington, and with the recent cuts of Doug Dutch and the inconsistency behind the starters in Travis Fisher and Walt Harris, the Ravens felt like they needed to make a move.
“Josh is someone who has started a lot of games as a young player,” Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome told BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy Tuesday, “plus he has been a good special teams player both as a kick returner and in coverages.”
And that also is an area of need: returning kicks, which Wilson has specialized in.
With the injury to Webb, the Ravens were also looking for candidates to return punts and kicks, and with Chris Carr seeing a lot of time starting this preseason in place of injured starters Washington, Webb, and Foxworth, the Ravens probably felt like they needed another insurance policy in the return game as well as in pass coverage.
“He adds depth to our secondary and will help us,” Newsome told Duffy. “Pending his physical, we expect Josh to be taking snaps against the Jets opening night.”
Wilson probably will see a lot of time with the Ravens. He has started 23 out of 40 games for the Seahawks in his career since being drafted in the second round of the 2007 draft out of Maryland.
He has six picks to his resume over the last two seasons, and returned three of those grabs for touchdowns.
That mark is good for second best in franchise history.
If Wilson were to play significantly, the conditional draft pick would become a fourth round pick, but given the concerns the Ravens have in their secondary this off-season, it is well worth it.
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