Ravens sign Walker, kicker

Street Talk Ravens sign Walker, kicker

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OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens finalized a deal Friday with free agent cornerback Frank Walker as he signed a two-year, $3.5 million contract.

The former Green Bay Packers and New York Giants defensive back is expected to compete for the nickel back job behind starters Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle. He received a $1.25 million signing bonus.

Walker, 26, has five interceptions in nine career starts. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound former sixth-round pick recorded 17 tackles and one pass deflection in 12 games last season in Green Bay, but was beaten out for the nickel job after signing a one-year, $1.24 million contract.

“Frank brings us some flexibility to the secondary,” Ravens director of player personnel George Kokinis said. â€œHe plays outside, the nickel spot and the dime spot.  He’s an experienced guy, but he’s still young.

"Frank has good speed and loves to play. We need guys that can step up and fill roles on defense and special teams, so he can help us.  I think he really has a knack for getting his hand on the ball, so we’re excited to have him.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed confidence that Walker can be a quality nickel back, which places him in competition with veteran Corey Ivy, and inject athleticism and toughness on special teams.

"It’s a good signing for us," Harbaugh said.

Meanwhile, the Ravens also signed free agent kicker E.J. Cochrane.

The former Montana State player was with the Philadelphia Eagles in training camp over the past two seasons, but didn’t make the team.

“E.J. is a guy that we’ve watched for a while,” Kokinis said. â€œI think he has a strong leg and gets good height on the ball and good hang time. 

"Over the last few years, he’s really worked on his consistency and accuracy. Early in his career, you’re just thinking of him as a kickoff guy, but the last couple of years, he’s refined his technique.” 

The Ravens agreed to terms Thursday with linebacker Nick Greisen on a three-year, $4 million pact that included a $1 million signing bonus, but have yet to make an announcement.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors.  More from Aaron Wilson

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