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Report: Ravens To Sign Multiple Tryout Players


The Ravens are continuing to tweak the roster.

After a three-day mandatory minicamp, the Ravens are reportedly signing multiple veteran players who participated in practice on a tryout basis.

The Ravens are expected to sign linebacker Austin Spitler, cornerbacks Dominique Franks and Aaron Ross, and defensive end/outside linebacker Nick DiMarco, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.

The Ravens had two open spots on the 90-man roster after waiving wide receiver Aaron Mellette and outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton earlier in the week because they failed physicals. The Ravens would have to cut two other players to make room for all four additions, but the team has not announced those transactions.

Spitler, 27, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Miami Dolphins. He has been a backup linebacker and special teamer during that time, and has racked up 31 tackles throughout his career. Spitler is an inside linebacker who will join a tight competition with players like Josh Bynes and Albert McClellan.

Franks, 26, played for the Atlanta Falcons the last four years. He has been a special teamer and reserve cornerback, notching 30 tackles and three interceptions during his career. Franks had a solid week at minicamp, including a nice pass breakup during Thursday's practice.

Ross, 31, is an eight-year veteran who has spent most of his career with the New York Giants. He also played one season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ross has been a starter during his career, including in 2011 when he started 15 games for a Giants team that went on to win the Super Bowl.

Ross has 250 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 11 interceptions in his career.

The Ravens had several cornerbacks tryout during minicamp, as they are looking to add some veteran competition to the secondary. Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson are currently vying for the No. 3 cornerback position.

The other veteran corners who tried out were Drayton Florence, Marquice Cole, Bobby Felder and Kevin Thomas.

Dimarco is an undrafted rookie free agent out of William Penn. He is a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end. Dimarco tweeted the news after being signed.

"I've officially signed as a Baltimore Raven! Beyond blessed! Thanks to all for the support thus far! Long journey ahead," he wrote.

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