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Walls Added to Secondary


The Ravens added depth to a crowded secondary with the addition of cornerback Lenny Walls.

To make room for the seven-year veteran, defensive back Jamaine Winborne was released.

At 6-foot-4, 197 pounds, Walls has above-average size for a cornerback, but could add a punch to the nickel back position in a competition that includes Derrick Martin, Ronnie Prude, David Pittman and Corey Ivy, along with new additions Fabian Washington and Frank Walker.

Walls originally signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College in 2002. He was on the path to a solid career, starting all 16 games during the 2003 campaign, but shoulder and groin injuries landed him on injured reserve the next two seasons.

A stint with the Kansas City Chiefs – where he started two of his 16 contests – was followed by a move to the St. Louis Rams. Walls was released by the Rams on Oct. 12, 2007 after making four consecutive starts and posting nine tackles and three passes defensed.

Winborne was coming off a career year in 2007, posting a personal-best 21 special teams tackles. He saw his most extensive action from scrimmage in Week 13 against the New England Patriots, logging three solo tackles and two passes defensed.

Over the weekend, the Ravens also signed former New York Jets guard Adrien Clarke, the Philadelphia Eagles' seventh-round pick in the 2004 draft, rookie quarterback/tight end Xavier Lee out of Florida State and rookie defensive tackle Kelly Talavou from Utah.

Defensive tackle Zarnell Fitch, who spent the majority of last season on Baltimore's practice squad, was released.

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