CB Lardarius Webb Signs Three-Year Deal




The Ravens made more headway into signing their 2009 rookie class with a three-year contract that went to cornerback Lardarius Webb on Thursday.

According to reports, Webb will receive a signing bonus just above $529,500, and the deal will work out to $1.714 million over its full length.

Webb might be an unknown prospect among college football fans, but the Nicholls State product has the potential to be an impact player on Baltimore's roster.

The Ravens love Webb's versatility. He is the only player in NCAA Division I history to receiver Offensive, Defensive and Special Team Player of the Week honors in the same season.

After transferring from Southern Mississippi, he notched three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Later in the season, the former high school quarterback was asked to reprise his former role, and he rushed for 120 yards and scored another touchdown.

He was also second in the Southland Conference by averaging 17.1 yards per punt return and 26.7 yards on kickoff returns. One week, he returned a punt for a school-record 96 yards and a score, which was 2 yards shy of an NCAA record.

As a former collegiate safety, the Ravens have been impressed with Webb's transition to cornerback, despite a tweaked hamstring in offseason minicamps.

"Webb is doing a nice job," said head coach John Harbaugh during Baltimore's rookie camp. It's the first week he seemed really healthy since the very first minicamp.

"He showed a lot of quickness and has a good understanding of the defense for a rookie – but the fact that he plays safety and corner is going to be helpful throughout his career. But it's going to help us in camp, too."

Now, the Ravens have only two more draft picks to sign, first-round offensive tackle Michael Oher (26th overall) and defensive end/linebacker Paul Kruger, who was taken in the second round 57th overall.

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