Champ Bailey Works Out For Ravens, Dominique Franks Resigns
Aug 28, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Champ Bailey (27) against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of a preseason game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The Ravens made a bevy of roster moves on Monday, including bringing in 12 time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey for a workout. The 36 year old Bailey last played for the New Orleans Saints and was released at final cuts prior to this season. Bailey has made 212 NFL regular season starts in his 16 year career, racking up 52 interceptions.
Though Bailey was not signed on Monday, the Ravens did bring back cornerback Dominique Franks, who spent the offseason with the Ravens before being released at final cuts. Franks played well in the preseason and knows the Raven’s system, so bringing him back was an easy decision.
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With current corner Asa Jackson likely to miss several weeks with a severely sprained toe, the Ravens have a need at corner. The team has dealt with a number of injuries at the position dating back to the offseason. Normal starter Lardarius Webb saw his first extended action last Sunday, playing around 50% of the snaps as he returns from back spasms.
The Ravens also claimed tight end Ryan Taylor off waivers Monday. Taylor was cut by the Green Bay Packers, and is a core special teams player. Taylor has been used sparingly on offense in his tenure with the Packers, appearing in all five games this season but only taking 10 offensive snaps. To make room for Taylor, the Ravens cut tight end Phillip Supernaw.
The Ravens also lost yet another linebacker from their practice squad as John Simon was signed by the Houston Texans. Simon was a 2013 fourth round pick of the Ravens, appearing in seven games last season and recording four tackles. Simon played well in the preseason and was a surprise cut, but he was simply outnumbered at a deep position.