The Baltimore Ravens lost their third member of the 2011 squad to free agency Thursday, as guard Ben Grubbs, the team’s first-round pick in 2007 out of Auburn, signed a five-year, 36 million dollar contract to join the New Orleans Saints.
The move came a day after the departures of linebacker Jarret Johnson, who signed a four-year deal with the San Diego Chargers, and DL Cory Redding, who also left for the Indianapolis Colts on a three-year contract.
Grubbs, who went to his first Pro Bowl this season, was the second-ranked guard on the free agent market behind Carl Nicks, who ironically left the Saints to stay in the division with Tampa Bay.
Grubbs visited New Orleans Wednesday night, and reportedly took a physical.
The Ravens were a couple million apart with their left guard, but they are scheduled to bring in Evan Mathis-formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles-for a workout.
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