OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens made it official, announcing the previously reported hire of new secondary coach Teryl Austin.
Austin agreed to terms earlier this week and signed his contract, and the team announced Friday that it had added the former University of Florida defensive coordinator as the replacement for new defensive coordinator and former secondary coach Chuck Pagano.
Austin, 45, found himself out of a job with the Gators when Urban Meyer resigned.
"I have a long relationship with Teryl, going back to 1987 when I was a graduate assistant at Pitt, and he was one of our top players and team leaders,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s an outstanding teacher and motivator who has been successful in both the NFL and at the college level. His intelligence and experience will add to our defensive mix.
“Knowing Teryl had other opportunities, we’re very happy that he decided to become a Raven. We think our players will both improve under his direction and enjoy playing for him. He has helped two teams, the Cardinals and the Seahawks, reach the Super Bowl. That’s a good addition to our staff."
Last season, Florida intercepted 22 passes to rank fourth nationally with four returned for touchdowns. They led the nation in interception return yards with 538. They allowed 175.5 passing yards per game.
With the Cardinals from 2007 to 2009, Austin’s players led the NFL with six interception returns for touchdowns and interception return yardage with 551.
Seattle intercepted 67 passes during Austin’s four seasons coaching the secondary.
“This is another great opportunity to work for a class organization with outstanding coaches and players,” said Austin, a former college coach at Michigan, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Penn State who was a three-year starter at Pitt as a defensive back. “I couldn’t ask for anything better, and I’m excited to get to work. My goal is to do whatever I can to help the team and help the players get better.
"The Baltimore defense has set a high standard, and it’s my job to uphold that standard and help the players be at their best. I’m excited to enter a situation with great players who play in a great scheme, knowing they take a lot of pride in what they are doing.”
CUNDIFF SIGNS: Pro Bowl kicker Billy Austin has officially signed his five-year, $15 million contract, according to his agent. Cundiff agreed to terms last weekend and has now signed the deal.
"He deserved it!" Paul Sheehy wrote on his Twitter account.
Cundiff played under a $1.226 million restricted tender last season, according to NFL Players Association figures.
Cundiff tied an NFL record with 40 touchbacks and connected on 26 of 29 field goals including the game-winning kick in overtime against the Buffalo Bills.
"Billy really had a tremendous year,” Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta said. “His impact on our team this year was definitely important, both as a field goal kicker and also as a kickoff guy. We’re excited for Billy. He’s a great person and a great kicker. He makes the Baltimore Ravens better.”
FUNERAL SERVICES SET FOR BRIAN REED: The funeral for Brian Reed, the younger brother of Ravens free safety Ed Reed, is set for today at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in St. Rose, La.
Brian Reed’s body was found in the Mississippi River near New Orleans and an autopsy by the Jefferson Parish coroner confirmed his identity.
Donations can be made to the Reed family’s church at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 100 2nd Street St. Rose, La. 70087 or to the Ed Reed foundation at or to the Ed Reed foundation at www.bcf.org/ed reed.
Brian Reed jumped into the river to elude police. The preliminary cause of death: accidental drowning.