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Ravens Grab Bag; Washington to attend Mini Camp

Aaron Wilson reports…

Veteran free agent wide receiver Kelley Washington is trying out for the Baltimore Ravens this week at their minicamp, according to his agent.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound former Cincinnati Bengals third-round draft pick also has a contract offer from the Washington Redskins after participating in their minicamp and is expected to make a decision next week.

“Kelley did a really good job at the Redskins’ minicamp and they made him an offer, but he wants to visit Baltimore as well,” said Chad Speck, Washington’s agent, in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. “We’re playing it by ear. It’s just a matter of being patient and finding the right fit.”

Washington, 29, was cut by the Patriots in February after catching just one pass for three yards last season in 10 games. In 2007, Washington signed a five-year deal with the Patriots with a maximum value of $22 million.

The Stephens City, Va., native has made free agent visits with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets and held discussions with the Chicago Bears and the Bengals, according to Speck.

Washington played for Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson in Cincinnati and was pursued by Miami as a free agent two years ago when Baltimore offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was the Dolphins’ head coach.

So it looks like he will be yet another addition to attempt to find a bit more firepower from the wideout spot. Washington has been plagued by injuries but it’s always worth a shot to give someone a look.

There is also an update on the John Beck signing. The team apparently likes Beck so much that they cut a recently resigned Todd Bouman and Beck may be fighting to be Flacco’s backup with Troy Smith.

Beck will compete with former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith for the primary backup job behind starter Joe Flacco. Beck visited the Ravens prior to the 2007 NFL draft after a prolific career at BYU.

Beck, 27, flew into Baltimore on Sunday to take a physical and finalize his contract.

The former BYU star played for Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron with the Miami Dolphins during a 1-15 season two years ago, but was cut last week after the Dolphins drafted West Virginia quarterback Pat White. Beck drew interest from six teams and chose Baltimore over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“John is a player we evaluated thoroughly in preparing for the 2007 draft,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. “He was a very productive college player, but what also impressed our scouts was how competitive he is. We like to bring in good athletes who love to compete and he fits that.”

The Ravens may not be so enamored with Troy Smith as their backup. Since Joe Flacco seems to have cemented his status as the starter, Smith may want to look elsewhere to get a chance to start once his contract is up after 09′. So, could this mean the end of the Suggs package?


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