The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with third-round pick Lardarius Webb, with the rookie cornerback scheduled to sign his contract shortly, according to a league source.
Webb’s athleticism and versatility drew him to several teams, along with his return skills, and he played both corner and safety during his college career.
Webb will sign a three-year contract, including a $530,000 signing bonus, and veteran-minimum base salaries. I had the chance to interview Webb before the draft on my buddy Jerry Coleman’s sports radio show back in Baltimore, and he was about as charming and humble as can be (all “Yes sirs” and “No sirs”). He had a rough patch off the field before transferring to Nicholls State, but he finished strong and joins a Ravens secondary that was very much remade during the offseason.
Many teams around the league have been proactive signing draft picks early (more on that later this week on Total Access and the blog, I think), at a rate far exceeding the normal pace. Almost all of that signing action has come in Rounds 3-7, however. The big boys at the top will still largely get paid close to training camp, if not during it, in some cases.
– Jason La Canfora