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Ravens Tender Kamar Aiken, Exclusive Rights Free Agents


The Ravens have placed a second-round tender on restricted free agent wide receiver Kamar Aiken.

The high tender brings a high likelihood that Aiken, who had a breakout 2015 campaign, will remain in Baltimore next season.

The tender is worth $2.553 million. If another team signs Aiken to an offer sheet, the Ravens would have a chance to match that offer or receive the other team's second-round pick as compensation.

It's not often that restricted free agents change teams since it requires money and a draft pick, especially a high pick like a second-rounder.

Aiken led the Ravens in receiving last year with 75 catches for 944 yards and five touchdowns.

After Smith went down at midseason, Aiken averaged 76 yards per game as the team's No. 1 receiver. He finished the season with nine-straight five-catch games, the longest streak in team history and third-longest active streak of its kind in the NFL.

Aiken, 26, has emerged in Baltimore. The former journeyman finally made a 53-man roster out of training camp before the 2014 season. He became a growing target in the Ravens' passing attack as that season went on. Last year, Aiken held a starting job from start to finish.

While Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) are both expected to return for the season-opener, they'll both enter with question marks about their health.

Over the past two years, Aiken has proven to be reliable, showing his consistency and toughness on a daily basis.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents Tendered

The Ravens are also in the process of tendering their exclusive rights free agents.

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec has reported tenders for running back Terrance West, wide receiver Daniel Brown and cornerback Sheldon Price. The Ravens also tendered cornerback Jumal Rolle, per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.

The Ravens added West in early November and he quickly worked his way up to the active roster. The local Baltimore product played in six games and carried the ball 46 times for 180 yards (3.9 per carry). He caught four passes for 21 yards.

Brown played in six games and caught six passes for 64 yards. The unrestricted free agent from James Madison spent much of the year on the practice squad. His best play of the season, a long touchdown against the Dolphins, was wiped out by a questionable offensive pass interference penalty.

Price is entering his fourth year in the NFL, but has yet to accrue a full season. He played in two games for the Colts in 2015 and was called up to the Ravens roster near the end of the year, but didn't see any game action.

After being plucked off the Texans' practice squad, Rolle played in one game for the Ravens, making one tackle. He'll be entering his third season.

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