OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens worked out former New York Giants wide receiver and special-teams ace David Tyree on Tuesday, but the team doesn’t plan to immediately sign him to a contract.
Tyree had a good workout and passed his physical, and the team could revisit the situation with him in the next week or two.
As a vested veteran, Tyree’s entire salary would be guaranteed for the season if he was signed prior to the first game. If the Ravens were to sign Tyree after their opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, they could cut him later without any financial ramifications.
The former Syracuse player has dealt with numerous injuries, including knee, hamstring and groin problems during training camp.
"I’m not going to sit there and say I had a great camp and why would they do this," Tyree told the Associated Press when he was released. "I didn’t have a great camp. I had a very average camp. It started terrible and worked up to average. It’s about performance."
Tyree, 29, emerged as a Super Bowl hero when he caught a pivotal pass by trapping the football against his helmet with safety Rodney Harrison covering him tightly during the Giants’ game-clinching drive to defeat the New England Patriots two seasons ago.
Tyree was cut by the Giants last weekend during their final major roster cutdown after being sidelined for their final two preseason games. He has also drawn interest from the Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Louis Rams.
And the Ravens could use a boost at wide receiver and on special teams. They only have four wide receivers currently on the roster, including Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington and Demetrius Williams.
"We’re always in talks to make our team better," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday when asked if the team planned to add another receiver. "You know that’s the answer I’m going to give you. We can play with four because with our offense, we can put any number of players out there that we want.
"On offense, we can put one wide receiver out there if we want, if we need to, and we’ve got some flexibility with our players and guys we can put on the field."
Listed at 6-foot, 206 pounds, Tyree has caught 54 career passes for 650 yards and four touchdowns while excelling in kick coverage and was named to the Pro Bowl as a special-teams player in 2005.
In 2006, he caught a career-high 19 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns.
He spent last year on injured reserve due to a knee injury after beginning the season on the physically unable to perform list.
Three years ago, he signed a five-year, $6.5 million contract.
Tyree drew interest from the Ravens as a restricted free agent years ago, and he has remained on their radar.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.